Monday, February 16, 2015

Politics Is Zero Sum To Leftists

A succinct description of the problem with conservatism and the neoreactionary insight from Outside in:
Zero sum games are wars, and market (or catallactic) economics are indeed different. It was by putting war to bed too early, that conservatism destined itself to the ratchet of defeat. Treat an enemy as a business partner, and you lose, over and over again.
Conservatives act as if it is 1830, where two opposing sides with largely similar views about the role of government are debating public works projects.
After the conclusion of the War of 1812, British factories were overwhelming American ports with inexpensive goods. To persuade voters in the western states to support the tariff, Clay advocated federal government support for internal improvements to infrastructure, principally roads and canals. These internal improvements would be financed by the tariff and by sale of the public lands, prices for which would be kept high to generate revenue. Finally, a national bank would stabilize the currency and serve as the nexus of a truly national financial system.
Clay's American System ran into strong opposition from President Jackson's administration. One of the most important points of contention between the two men was over the Maysville Road. Jackson vetoed a bill which would authorize federal funding for a project to construct a road linking Lexington and the Ohio River, the entirety of which would be in the state of Kentucky, because he felt that it did not constitute interstate commerce, as specified in the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
A conservative president and Congress could annihilate the left by cutting spending. Do you ever get the sense that a lot of SJWs and liberals seem to have a lot of time on their hands to do "public advocacy"? It is because it is their job. They are paid with taxpayer dollars, funneled to "community" groups. ACORN and Planned Parenthood are only the most high profile of these groups. The left swims in an ocean of taxpayer funding. Of course, to cut off this funding would be an act of political war......

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