Ever since the study of modern political behavior, it has become apparent the many contradictions that the American public holds regarding a vast arsenal of issues.
"The democratic citizen is expected to be well informed about political
affairs. He is supposed to know what the issues are, what their history
is, what the relevant facts are, what alternatives are proposed, what the
party stands for, what the likely consequences are. By such standards
the voter falls short."
An excerpt from the classic work "The American Voter" (by
My main point in this illustration was to show that conservative or liberal, most Americans show similar levels of both political expertise and sophistication. If we look at the problem in another way we may come to the conclusion that our society has reached a point of stability that mass participation is perhaps, unnecessary? The truth is that it never was. Our constitution was a document that’s purpose was to create an oligarchic minority, a “political class” if you will. Most of us are not part of that governing class and never will be. We choose to serve the state machine in other ways, either providing a service or manufacturing a product/ raw materials. Conservative or Liberal, the division of labor is what causes all these misanthropes between the political elite and the mass population.
Conservative voters and there counterparts essentially just fool themselves. There is very little difference anymore in the modern sense, between the two ideologies. Most of the political elites, running as conservatives are really just playing lip service to the tenets of paleo-conservatism. No true conservative would have approved of—I would go as far to say—85% of the commercial legislation that has been pushed through the legislator in the past 20 years. Moreover, a true Jeffersonian would not have approved of the entanglements of the conflict in
I would say that the last true conservative in office is bygone since the dismantling of the Bretton-Woods system. Nixon who was put up as the demagogue of conservatism was essentially responsible for the end of what I would call classical money management. So the 1970s mark the end of the life span of true economic and social conservatism in the