In the popular view, the late 19th century was a period of greed and guile: It is easy to caricature the Gilded Age as an era of corruption, conspicuous consumption, and unfettered capitalism.
Their Republican Party has become the "radical right.
We also tend to understand who a conservative is based on the root of the word: But the term has philosophical roots, too, separate from the party. Political parties are fundraising organizations attached to a policy platform. Over time, platforms change. The Republican Party has been around more than years and has changed directions many times, as has the Democratic Party.
The GOP became firmly conservative only in the 20th century. From a European perspective, however, both U. The GOP is no longer a conservative party in any meaningful way.
It is instead something else, and it needs a more accurate description. Why should we care what European political philosophy has to say about U. Because our politics arose out of that philosophy, and going back to those roots brings clarity.
Most knowledgeable philosophical conservatives today will tell you how unhappy they are with how far the Republican Party has drifted.
What happens if we use reason over tradition or religion to govern ourselves? Of course, the debate was rarely that stark. Few rationalists were purely so, while proponents of the old ways pointed out how much rationality there was in tradition.
Rather, I try to show students how modern European history has been a struggle between these impulses within movements as well as in opposition to each other. UniversalImagesGroup via Getty Images The French Revolution established notions of rights, individual liberties and the primacy of a secular state.
But it also brought two centuries of reaction to the revolution. The French Revolution can be seen as a rousing crescendo in the symphony of support for the rationalization of government and society in Europe.
It established the notion of rights, individual liberties and the primacy of the secular state.
This is where our right-left spectrum comes from: He warned that representative government diluted power and that the press — not the people or their representatives, who have little say in what writers and editors do — had the power to make or break a democratic society.
Coming from the British tradition, he accepted rights and representation but wanted them limited to a wealthy white male few. This was an easier position to accept in a monarchy that was already limited and had inherited the liberal philosophy of John Locke.
Their priority was to protect what they had. He worshiped knowledge, working to expand education for serfs, and he welcomed technological advances so long as they were introduced cautiously. Rather than fearing revolution like a reactionary, he pitied decadent, urbanized Westerners from a place of complacency with his own more orderly and unequal rural idyll.
If Chikhachev had been born in Boston instead of rural Russia, he probably would have accepted representative government as unquestioningly as he did monarchy, because it was there. He could have been just as pious, just as cautious, just as uncritically patriotic in either system, as indeed most propertied white men were then, whether they lived in a rising democracy or a failing autocracy.
The right wing, in other words, is not one thing.
As it has changed over time, it has also varied greatly in degree and emphasis, and in context. There are multiple philosophical sources that inform different streams of thought, many of which end up in surprising places.
One answer has to do with nationalism. To build a tribal identity around ethnicity, language, history and religion — and use that identity to justify a state as opposed to a monarchy justified by God — was new.The battlefield is not in the gentrifying neighborhoods.
It is in the more wealthy neighborhoods where empowered residents fight to keep new people out. The enemy is not the gentrifiers or developers trying to serve them. It is the rich people who use their influence to thwart development in their neighborhoods.
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In a capitalist market economy, decision-making and . In the popular view, the late 19th century was a period of greed and guile: of rapacious Robber Barons, unscrupulous speculators, and corporate buccaneers, of shady business practices, scandal-plagued politics, and vulgar display.
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