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


"one picture is worth 10,000 words"
and see Private Willis's song at end of contents
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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

Iolanthe, ACT II, SONG - PRIVATE WILLIS.

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"
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