What are the ways that American society will become even more liberal, universalist, and enlightened
than ever before, particularly socio-politically? Do you furthermore strongly contend that conservatism will eventually die out?
I believe that all of the above is born of self ingratiation , the adoption of self into all things social , political , economic . or the opposite actually , Every vote will come from , What can" I "get out of this . Me , mine , or my family .
For instance , go to a local school budget meeting and vote , Its populated by younger parents and teachers and it isn't about how can I save tax dollars - its about what MORE can we get for our children ? Sadly , it's even more about . What can I get everyone else to pay for , for us ?
I have also sat and listened to elderly people discuss fixed incomes and the associated needs , health care , "a small raise in SSI payments ", how to get more .
And anyone who is young and in or coming into the system is more selfishly inclined to begin with anyway !
I believe It will all morph out of personal - economic selfishness .
Conservatism is one of those semantic nightmare-type words, like freedom. What is conservative to one mind is liberal to another, but I think I know what you're driving at.
If we could draw a horizontal line with extreme-as-you-can-get conservatism on one end and extreme freedom-cooperation-and-love at the other, with the views/beliefs/opinions of the many being right in the middle, the tendency would be - and has been for a long time - a gradual, inexorable move towards the latter. That is a move towards enlightenment.
The world is becoming more liberal, universalist and enlightened. The polarisation of extremism which is currently prevailing will pass away. You can say that even platforms such as these Hubpage Forums are helping in some small way towards that.
Rather than say "conservativism" in general or "liberalism" in general (the opposite of Conservative is Progressive, by the way. The opposite of Liberal is Authoritarian) I take each topic on its conservative or liberal merits. Everything conservative dying out is a bad thing. Why? Good table manners is a conservative concept. Dressing appropriately for a job interview is a conservative concept. Showing restraint is conservative. Saving money is conservative. Pure liberalism means doing whatever you want. I don't want a nude person walking his dog in my neighborhood. I think a bad employee who can't show up on time and who sleeps on the job should be fired. I guess where I draw the line is that as long as what someone does can't impact or harm someone else in a real way, then they should be allowed to do it. Queers getting married doesn't bother me because it does not affect me in any way. If all of my kids were queer and married same-sex partners, I would be happy for them because it's none of my business as long as they are all adults.
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