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M O M U S S P E A K S A s ce ndo tuum ON THE RIGHT Conservatism and Libertarianism Allied Defeating the Left: Abandoning Cults of Personality and Myths To a very real degree, the right has on its hands a near suicidal predilection to- wards various cults of personality and the myths which spring up around such cults. Let us be perfectly candid: Ronald Reagan was no conservative, and no serious conservative would ever call himself a Reagan conservative. Reagan had an obsessive st
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  ON THE RIGHT MOMUS SPEAKS Ascendo tuum  Conservatism and Libertarianism Allied Defeating the Left: Abandoning Cults of Personality and Myths    To a very real degree, the right has on its hands a near suicidal predilection to-wards various cults of personality and the myths which spring up around such cults.Let us be perfectly candid: Ronald Reagan was no conservative, and no serious conser-vative would ever call himself a Reagan conservative. Reagan had an obsessive streak when it came to playing with nostalgia, and he understood the power of appealing tothe past in order to legitimize the present approach. There was only one issue that Rea-gan kept running into: an inability to deliver on key promises and core ideals.  Reagan raised taxes six out of the eight years he was in office, and in alexicographical sleight of hand that would have made Orwell proud referred to thosetax hikes as “revenue enhancements.” These tax hikes included hikes in the federalexcise tax, an increase in the Social Security withholding rate, and various other smallincreases here and there. Moreover, Reagan managed to quadruple the average annualdeficit from Carter’s $52 billion to a stunning $220 billion plus average annual deficit.  The size of the federal government increased under Reagan, and the mission andscope of the government under Reagan increased as well. The War on Drugs, a quixoticfederal crusade which led to the federal government suspending Posse Comitatus inorder to allow military personnel to become engaged in border actions aimed at haltingthe flow of drugs into the country, was a sterling example of how conservatism came to betray its libertarian roots. Let us not forget that the conservatism of Nixon gave us theEPA, and a short time later, the Libertarian Party was born out of disillusionment with aconservatism which sought to use government action as a panacea in much the sameway the leftists did.  The key characteristic of conservatism is a deep skepticism as to the efficacy of government action in solving society’s problems. We on the right, whether of the liber-tarian strain or the conservative genus, tend towards agnosticism when it comes to theefficacy of government action or oversight. History and the empirical evidence bear our Momus Speaks  On the Right1  agnosticism out. The fact is that every major government initiative of the past seventyyears which set forth to accomplish one grand notion almost always led to the oppositeresult.  Leftists have dreams but lack mortar, bricks, and the general aptitude to trans-form raw materials and human effort into the realization of those dreams. Then again,the leftists tend towards grand ideas, such as mansions and crowns for every man andthe Kingdom of God on Earth. Streets paved with gold and ice cream cones materializ-ing out of air on whimsy, even.  What leftists fail to realize is that the average man does not want steak. Hewants meatloaf or a hamburger, and a chance at stability and a better life for his chil-dren. These are manageable things for an average man to attain of his own volition andlabor, so long as the government doesn’t get in the way by, say, accumulating publicdebt to the point where interest rates skyrocket and render home mortgages a luxuryitem. If the government can avoid devaluing the existing money by going on printingsprees, then the average man can feed, clothe, shelter, and entertain his family for a rea-sonable amount.  The leftist believes in unions but never bothers to ask himself why it is that amiddle class individual working in an automobile factory needs the equivalent of sixtyor more dollars an hour in wages and benefits just to remain in the middle class. This is because the leftist does not want to confront the reason; namely, that the government inits infinite sagacity has managed to devalue a dollar to a point where, over the 30 yearssince 1980, it is now worth just 36 cents of its former value. Thus, that $60 of today isnow a mere $21.60 in wages and benefits in the dollars of yesteryear.  The reason for this currency devaluation? Why, the fact that in our economy, twothings float to the top! One is excrement and the other is cream. Unfortunately, theformer is greater supply than the latter, which is why American industry is in such de-cline. The operating costs for American automakers have declined precipitously as theyhave shifted operations to Mexico and Canada, but when their Japanese counterpartsare going about issuing complete redesigns of car models every three to four years as Momus Speaks  On the Right2  opposed to the domestic standard of once a decade (see the Taurus, Cavalier, and vari-ous others), there really is no competition. Consumers like a new car to be, well, new.  Unfortunately, American executives really are at a loss to understand this simpleprinciple. They operate their businesses according to biblical principles of a mangledinterpretation: “Behold, I make all things new,” is transmogrified into “Behold, the Jag-uar which sits on the chassis of a Ford Taurus!” Furthermore, “I am all things to allmen” becomes the Camaro and Firebird, the Crown Victoria and the Marauder or theGrand Marquis, and the Taurus and the Sable.  Was there really a substantive difference betwixt the two that merited both beingmade? If you can tell me the real difference between a GMC pickup and the Chevrolet,other than the fact that one is “professional grade” and the other is “like a rock,” I’ll eatmy hat with ketchup and wash it down with a beer. American automobilemanufacturing is run with this sort of idiocy. For a while, it worked. It worked as wellas the German strategy of resting on the laurels of an engineering reputation which wasstill collecting dividends from the V-2 rocket, and produced Benz’s and Beamers whichcouldn’t compete with the newly emerging Japanese models.  Suddenly, American automobile manufacturing had to face reality: Americanconsumers had other options. They could have another color besides black, or a car thatcould actually endure beyond 70,000 miles. There were those pitiful union types whorefused to shake hands with a Honda driver who showed the temerity to go against thatidiotic and ubiquitous slogan of the 80s “Buy American,” but the reality of it was thatAmerican manufacturing just didn’t have a consumer base any longer.  It had nothing to do with the fact that the Japanese didn’t have to use union labor because they headquartered and manufactured in at-will states. Name me the domesticmanufacturer who could not have decided to relocate to Indiana and Kentucky if theyhad wanted to do so. Even if they had, the reality of the matter was that they didn’tproduce a product that consumers preferred. The Japanese did produce such a product,and thus they were making inroads. Momus Speaks  On the Right3

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