We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Put simply, the more successful the current common-good movement is, the more it will erode one of the key pillars of American conservative thought: the idea of liberty. The biggest danger is not that America will evolve into national or imperial socialism, but that statist arguments from conservatives will end up reinforcing similar arguments made by progressives. Politics would devolve into a bidding war on which side, the Right or the Left, can buy the most votes with government handouts, win the most battles in the courts over defending “their” version of free speech, control the courts and administrative elites, or get to define what industrial and administrative policies mean. In that battle, I would put my money on the political masters of collectivism, the progressives, because that is their raison d’être.
Keep the sheep in fear and they will huddle and obey. What will the MSM be repeating word for word in 2022? What will be the first big fear meme? Will it be Wuhan flu V 8.5? Will it be get the 2nd jab or you can't go out in public? What will they distract us with as they loot the treasury and raise our taxes? I know this! Tucker Carlson will expose them and sometime in 2022 it is likely that Tucker Carlson will be disappeared at least from the public eye. And Jeffrey Epstein didn't hang himself.
This has been true since the 60s. Perhaps even the 1660's, gradually. The difficulty is not that the Common Good is a lie, but that it is a real thing. We would not choose to live in the world of the 1950s if we could go back for a year. A hundred things we take for granted would be gone.
And yet...there is a cost each time. Lies are never the danger. Partial truths unbalanced are the danger.
Assistant Village Idiot
A hundred things we take for granted would be gone.
What gibberish. Degeneracy is not progress. Neither are jerkoff gadgets. A hundred gone? Five hundred would be restored.
We discussed this extensively at my site about a year ago. I stand by it. You don't even know what you don't know here. Start with cars that break down five times more often and seldom make it to 80,000 miles. Foods that are not available.
Assistant Village Idiot
Just when you think you've already seen our leaders at their stupidist. "Canadian railway officials have a rather familiar method to segregate passengers and identify authorized vaccinated citizens who are traveling in railroad cars:" They are now sticking yellow patches on the shirts of train passengers who have had their covid shots to segregate them from passengers who have not.
If the left wants to convince me there’s a “common good” they’ll have to start demanding that everyone starts chipping-in to maintain the collective. 61% of the US households paid no federal income tax last year.