What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

“Liberals in the United States have been losing political debates to conservatives for a quarter century. In order to start winning again, liberals must answer two simple questions: what is conservatism, and what is wrong with it? As it happens, the answers to these questions are also simple…” — Phil Agre

Agre goes on to elucidate the deceptions at the core of conservatism, which become increasingly desperate and at times subtle in a society predisposed toward egalitarianism. I particularly like his take on the ‘mockery of conscience.’ Agre’s laundry list of how to defeat conservatism deserves to be studied by anyone with any interest (read it in full; he elaborates convincingly on every point):

  • Rebut conservative arguments
  • Benchmark the Wall Street Journal
  • Build a better pundit
  • Say something new
  • Teach logic
  • Conservatism is the problem
  • Critically analyze leftover conservative theories
  • Ditch Marx
  • Talk American
  • Stop surrendering powerful words
  • Tipper Gore is right
  • Assess the sixties
  • Teach nonviolence
  • Tell the taxpayers what they are getting for their money
  • Make government work better for small business
  • Clone George Soros
  • Build the Democratic Party