Here we see an example of how changes in the language stifle communication -- specifically in this case where we've lost the use of the very useful terms "conservative" and "liberal".denimini wrote:Sorry, I forgot about your political parties there. I should have used the term reactionary or narrow-minded people.moonshadow wrote:I don't think it's really a liberal/conservative issue.denimini wrote:Conservatism exists everywhere.
"Reactionary" is the correct term for the modern US neo-con and always has been right from the "rise of the right" in the 1980s (and which, sadly, has been spreading globally ever since with disgusting results). The "left" in the US is no better, mind, and has been being dragged to the right by the overall mass in motion caused by the neo-cons and which has generally caused a breakdown of society in the US because of the hard-nosed right-wingers. Our "left-wingers" of today are yesteryear's centrists, and we're without an effective anchor resisting the push to the right and an ever-more authoritarian system.
Unfortunately, the terms here have lost their original meaning and are now widely regarded as slurs depending on who is using them and in what context. "Liberal" has become code for "left-wing nutcase" and "conservative" effectively means "fascist" and there's an enormous and likely unbridgeable gap between -- all artificially induced, probably by design. Quite frankly, it's a mess.