Modern Conservatism is our guiding principle here at DYNAMO_politics. It’s a mantra that’s been in the works for only a few years, so it’s very young – but it’s also based on centuries of common sense and experience, so in some aspects you could say it’s a pretty old set of ideas.
Defined succinctly, Modern Conservatism is a philosophy which advocates the free market, individual liberty, and a limited government. This might sound a lot like libertarianism to some of you, or just a re-hashing of Republican ideology to others, but it isn’t. You see, Modern Conservatism actually analyzes all policy positions from these three perspectives in order to decide on a course of action. Republicans and Libertarians don’t go so far, using their professed values to judge some ideas and arbitrary politicking to cover the rest.
For example, Modern Conservatism places much more emphasis on economic matters than social issues – a concept which doesn’t hold up well within the current GOP climate. Modern Conservatism also declares that the United States has a right to assert itself around the globe wherever and whenever it wants – a principle many libertarians shy away from. While the Republicans and Libertarians have chosen their respective positions to try to pick up votes, Modern Conservatism takes its heading from the compass of free enterprise and the human spirit.
Because the both the Libertarian and Republican parties construct their platforms based on flimsly electoral concerns, many conservatives have felt caught between the two, unable to decide on which is the “lesser of two evils” (the third evil being liberalism, which is in a league of its own). At DYNAMO, we promote Modern Conservatism as a sort of bridge between these two competing schools of thought – which, in fact, does have the nice side effect of appealing to a broad base of Americans, much to the establishment’s chagrin.
To get a better feel for this philosophy, here are some things Modern Conservatives typically support:
- A smaller, more efficient federal government
- Ecological conservation
- A lower, flat tax
- A balanced budget
- A flexible military
- An “America-first” foreign policy
And here are some things Modern Conservatives reject:
- A European-style welfare state
- A “progressive” tax structure
- Racism and discrimination
- Barriers to international free trade
- Organized labor
- Excessive regulation
Of course, things aren’t that black and white. This page is really just a reference point for you to refer back to as you begin to delve into the inner workings of a fundamentally sound philosophy. You’ll often find that we agree with the Republican party in big debates. That’s because DYNAMO isn’t advocating the creation of a new party. While we may disagree with the Republican party on some issues, like humans and monkeys our DNA is pretty similar. We just want the GOP to evolve a little more and to analyze things from our purer perspective.
Each article you see on the home page gives a Modern Conservative’s view on the issues of today. If you disagree, by all means leave us a comment explaining why. If you like what we have to say, we’d love to hear that too! In any case, make sure you make your voice heard – and remember, debate isn’t about the people on the other side; it’s all about the ideas!
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