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The Liberal Case for Conservatism
Explained with the help of 100 pictures

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The Prime Argument for Conservatism -- difficult to make

It was the purpose of this book to present the essental reason, the raison d´être, for conservatism. This proved too difficult. I could find no way to do this.

Let me try a bit here:

People need, just have, a motivation. Historically, the hunter-gatherer motivation was the prospect of starvation. Everyone worked. Everyone had a job. There was no such thing as unemployment. Charity, compassion for the unable, was a development that waited increased efficiency in hunting, in gathering, and in growing: the invention of agriculture. With a surplus came that charity along with the pleasure of waging war and building empires, small then large.

When charity became governmental function called the "welfare state," there came loss of motivation to a part or all of the population. The welfare state expanded in some nations to the "managed state" of which invention of the centrally-governed economies, commonly called "communist."

A notable example was East Germany from 1949 to 1990. In Wikipeida we read:

No worker could be sacked, unless for serious misconduct or incompetence; even in such cases, alternative work would be offered. The GDR had no system of unemployment benefit because the concept of unemployment did not exist.

With a very low birth rate and a high rate of exodus, East Germany was losing workers. As the goal of socialism is the elimination of capitalist economics, the GDR strove to reduce wealth disparity between individuals through the elimination of private property, businesses and stores. While enforcement of this ideal led to a more economically even society, it prompted many with economic ambition or those who did not agree with its enforcement to escape -- ypically those with higher education: doctors, scientists, engineers, and skilled workers. This growing loss of skilled personnel was intended to be curtailed with the building of the wall

An East German psychiatrist asserted on a TV interview that it take a generation for the East German workers to adapt to the rigors of life in a "free society" where workers could be fired for low production (or, one might add, for working under the influence of vodka).

But I have not been able to document this and even to suggest it draws charges of racism, nationalism, prejudice, and other sins. Hence the failure of this book.

Perhaps a reader will help me. My e-mail address can be found on my website.

I - The History of the Dichotomy

2000 BCE - Government Jobs 1
1780 BCE - Liberals Begin in Babylon 1
800-600 BCE - The Fifth Book of Moses: Deuteronomy 2
1723 CE - Mandeville's Fable of the Bees - Government Is the Problem . . .3
1776 - The Declaration that Changed the World 4
1776 - The Book that Changed the World: *The Wealth of Nations* 5
1788 - Edmund Burke and Tom Paine 6
1779 - The Ancien Regime of France 8
1792 - Execution of Louis XVI 9
1884 - Otto von Bismarck - Practical Christianity 10
1910 - Teddy Roosevelt - Rough Rider, Trust Buster 12
1933 - Franklin D. Roosevelt a later Powerful Liberal 13
1930s - The Great Depression - the Look of Poverty 14
1930s - Great Depression - Men on a Bread Line 14
1933 - Communist Party Rally in New York City 15
1936 - Hooverville, Seattle, Washington 15
1944 - John Maynard Keynes - Conservative 16
1960 - F.A. Hayek: "Why I Am Not a Conservative" 17
1942 - The Beveridge Report - Liberalism comes to England 18
1882 - Iolanthe - Gilbert and Sullivan - Liberals and Conservatives 20
1941 - From FDR to Reagan - the Four Freedoms 21
1943 - Norman Rockwell's Four-Freedom Covers 21
1976 - The Four Freedoms, Conservatively 22
1944 - A Meaning for the Freedom from Want - FDR 23
1966 - Mao Tse-Tung and his Little Red Book 24
2010 - After Mao Tse-Tung - Capitalism came to China 25
1981 - Government is the Problem - the Leaders 26
1961-1989 - The Berlin Wall - Soon to Fall 27
1991 - The Fall of Stalin and the End of the USSR 27
1991 - The Losses of the USSR Empire 28
1991 - "The Stairway to Lenin" - the ending 29
2010 - The Supreme Court - The Final Say 30
1970, 1987 - Greed is Good? 32
2010 - Tea Party Rally in Washington, D.C. 33
2014 - The Great Divide 34

II - The Welfare State 35
Welfare, public housing projects - UK and US 35
A Medieval Almshouse in England - one solution to poverty 35
Housing: Mother Cabrini, Chicago, built 1942-1962 36
Pruitt-igoe Housing Project in St. Louis, Missouri 37
More Food Stamps, Less Welfare, More Food-Stamp Welfare 38
1968 - The War on Poverty - President Johnson 39
A Wealth of Food Most of Us Can Afford 40

III - Inequality - The Fruits of the Earth 41
Wealth Re-Distribution - Inherent in all Societies 42
The Wealth Distribution in the United States 43
The Tails of America - 1967 and 2007 45
American Income Distribution Trends 46
Income Distribution - 1920 to 2020 47
Are the Rich Winning the Class War? 48
Adam Smith and Henry Ford 49
Poverty in America 50
IV - The Role of Government 51
The Myths of Government Accounting 51
Confusion of Expenses, Investments, Distributions 51
The Federal Government is Shrinking 52
The Shrinking Government 53
The Question of the Debt 54
Health Care - Affordable? 54
Social Security 55
A Day in the Life - One Man's Experience 56
A Day in the Life - Executives Blunder 57
A List of Government Things from FDR to Obama 58

A - Public Works 59
Hoover Dam - Employment in the Great Depression 60
Done with Imported Labor 2003 to 2010 61
Public Works - A City in a City 62
Public Works Administration - PWA 63
Works Progress Administration - WPA 64
Rural Electrification Administration - REA 65
Space Shuttle - Jobs Jobs Jobs - $196 Billion 65
Federally Funded Research and Development Centers 66
Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico 67
Idaho National Laboratory 67
The Pure Food and Drug Act - now FDA 68

B - Infrastructure 69
San Bruno, Calif. Gas-line Fire 69
Power Grid 69
Transportation 70
Our Country Is Getting Old 71
Transportation Safety 72
General Motors Finances Ralph Nader 72
A Super Super Power - Sheriff of the World 73
A President and Former General Spoke 74
American Military Sites 75
America the Beautiful 76
Conservatives and Liberals Place the Blame on US 77

V - Corruption 78
Offshore Banking Centers - hiding money 78
Offshore Banks - Big and Tiny Places 79
Michael Bloomberg - Former Mayor of New York City 80
Financial Meltdown and Great Recession of 2008 82
Too Big to Fail - Failed 83

Appendix 1 - Two Easy Ways to be Sneaky Wrong 84
1 - Ignore the Missing Facts - the Missing Subjunctive 84
2 - Ignore the Stakes - Poker Logic in a Dog's World 85

Appendix 2 - The Fable of the Bees - Mandeville 86

Some References 88


I am an intellectual chap,
And think of things that would astonish you.
I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

When in that House M.P.'s divide,
If they've a brain and cerebellum, too,
They've got to leave that brain outside,
And vote just as their leaders tell 'em to.
But then the prospect of a lot
Of dull M. P.'s in close proximity,
All thinking for themselves, is what
No man can face with equanimity.

Then let's rejoice with loud
That Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

Hear Private Willis sing
"Liberals and Conservatives"