May 11, 2004

20 questions...

Dennis Prager of Right Wing News has a useful piece, Answering 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Conservatism:

Recently, I actually had someone ask me "What do conservatives believe?" After answering his question, it occurred to me that there are probably a lot of people out there, who are new to politics, who are wondering,

"What do conservatives believe? Why do we take the positions we do? Are liberals right in the way that they describe our motivations or is something else at work?"

Therefore, I decided to answer "20 frequently asked questions about conservatism". But, before I get into this, I do have some caveats for you.

First of all, every conservative doesn't have exactly the same beliefs. Moreover, even when we do agree on certain positions, we may have different motives or reasoning behind our answers. So keep in mind that reasonable and intelligent conservatives may disagree with some of the things I've said below.

Furthermore, remember as you read these answers that entire columns, books, and in some cases, whole careers have been spent going into detail on some of the things I touched on. So obviously, what you're about to read is a very short, simplified, and basic explanation of these issues that can be expounded on at length. In other words, think of this as a cheatsheet for "Conservatism 101," not a comprehensive guide.

Ok, that's enough warnings. Shall we begin?(via Betsy Newmark)

I like a line he quotes: "I know there isn't a vast right-wing conspiracy because if it existed, I'd be in it."

Posted by John Weidner at May 11, 2004 8:22 AM
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