How the Trump Era Lays Bare the Tension in the Marriage Between Conservatism and Capitalism

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Murtaza Hussain, September 30 2018, 5:30 a.m.

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Social stability, the maintenance of tradition, and a hierarchical view of society tend to be consistent aspects of any conservative creed.

It’s precisely these characteristics of conservatism that make American conservatives’ wholehearted embrace of capitalism so puzzling. In its purest form, capitalism is a revolutionary ideology par excellence, at least in terms of its social consequences. In its constant search for new markets, labor, materials, and technologies, free-market capitalism mercilessly upends communities, industries, social classes, and even basic human norms and values.

The profoundly destabilizing nature of such an economic system was identified by no less than Karl Marx, who observed that in capitalist societies, “All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned.”

How the Trump Era Lays Bare the Tension in the Marriage Between Conservatism and Capitalism
It has puzzled me that the party of "family values" would support an economic system that divides families.
 
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Conservatives have bought into the "greed is good" philosophy, plus they are brainwashed to be obedient serfs by their betters, their lords and masters, the oligarchs from whence all prosperity trickles down unto them.
 
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Anyone foolish enough to believe this shit, will believe absolutely anything:

Prosperity theology
(sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, the gospel of success or seed faith)[A] is a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes(hucksters, con artists and shills) will increase one's material wealth.
 
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How many of these people wake up one morning with a garage full of Amway shit they need to peddle to their friends and relatives?
 
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It has puzzled me that the party of "family values" would support an economic system that divides families.
Edmund Burke is often considered the original conservative. He was not particularly sympathetic to capitalism, precisely because he viewed it as being very disruptive.

Here is a famous quote by Edmund Burke: "The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever."
 
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Edmund Burke is often considered the original conservative. He was not particularly sympathetic to capitalism, precisely because he viewed it as being very disruptive.

Here is a famous quote by Edmund Burke: "The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever."
Look up Thomas Paine. Burke and Paine were bitter enemies.