Why the Right is Right

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Sep 21, 2015

What makes conservatism right? If you're a conservative, you should know why you're right. If you're not a conservative, why should you think about becoming one? Greg Gutfeld, bestselling author of, "How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct", explains. ORDER "How To Be Right".

Conservatives want to protect individual rights and promote the rule of law.

  • Conservatives tend to save more money and protect their investments, defending protect private property, others’ as well as their own. In this way, they generally sympathize with individuals and businesses negatively impacted by government policies or criminal activity, like riots.View Source

Liberals are more likely to take risks and focus on short-term happiness.

  • Liberals are more likely to take risks, and often those that the risk-averse usually end up paying for. The left is generally more adventurous in many political and cultural areas, like, for example, being more likely to favor drug legalization.View Source
  • The left focuses more on the “now” and the immediate future than on past experience and the long-term future. As a result, they are often less happy than conservatives who value things that require long-term commitments, such as marriage, families, and religion.View Source

The conservative desire to protect individual rights and promote the rule of law benefits everyone—even those who oppose conservatism.

  • Conservatives want to protect private property and individual rights, others’ as well as their own.View Source
  • Read Alfred Regnery on the pillars of conservatism.View Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot – Russell KirkView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source
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Conservatives and libertarians want to spread more liberty to everyone in society. Progressives want to exert more control over everybody. 

  • Conservatives want to protect private property and individual rights, others’ as well as their own.View Source
  • Read Alfred Regnery on the pillars of conservatism.View Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot – Russell KirkView Source
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The conservative approach is the right approach because it is the more practical, generous, and compassionate way to live.

  • Not only is conservatism a practical philosophy grounded in time-tested practices and tenets, it also promotes personal generosity and compassion, an aspect of the ideology that plays out in the charitable donations and activities of conservatives, as studies have demonstrated.View Source

Progressivism in America can only sustain itself because of the safe and wealthy environment created by conservatism.

  • Conservatives want to protect private property and individual rights, others’ as well as their own.View Source
  • Read Alfred Regnery on the pillars of conservatism.View Source
  • Related reading: Makers and Takers – Peter SchweizerView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot – Russell KirkView Source

What conservatism creates, progressivism takes.

  • Conservatives want to protect private property and individual rights, others’ as well as their own.View Source
  • Read Alfred Regnery on the pillars of conservatism.View Source
  • Related reading: Makers and Takers – Peter SchweizerView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot – Russell KirkView Source

Conservatives oppose transforming traditions that have proven effective, while the left is eager to uproot them in favor of the new.

  • Conservatives are more hesitant than liberals to fundamentally change the traditional structures of society.View Source
  • Those structures include marriage, families and family values, gender and other societal building blocks because they know how effective they are and how central they are to creating happy people and good societies.View Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source
  • Related reading: Ideas Have Consequences – Richard WeaverView Source
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Conservatives take risks that build families and communities, and thus, civilization.

  • Conservative risk-taking is entrepreneurial in nature.View Source
  • They recognize that success in business leads to wealth, both for entrepreneurs and for their communities. Conservative principles practiced in the free market are the most proven means of producing wealth, and only through the production of wealth can a society truly raise its overall standard of living in sustainable way. Ironically, in the end, it is conservative wealth building that makes liberalism even possible. Conservatives make what liberals take: conservatism doesn't compete with liberalism—it sustains it.View Source

Conservatives tend to focus more than their progressive counterparts on real-world, physical threats, like national security and crime. 

  • Conservatives are particularly focused on physical and national security threats posed by criminals, terrorists and enemy governments that intend to do harm to Americans at this moment. All other threats, while important, are secondary.View Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot – Russell KirkView Source
  • Related reading: Ideas Have Consequences – Richard WeaverView Source
  • Related reading: The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 – George NashView Source

The conservative lifestyle is more compassionate and generous than the progressive lifestyle. 

  • Conservatism has proven to nurture happy and well-balanced lives.View Source
  • The conservative framework primarily consists of valuing religion, marriage, family and community.View Source
  • Conservatives also generally oppose the uprooting of time-tested tradition.View Source
  • Studies have demonstrated that conservatives are more personally generous with their money and time than liberals.View Source
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  • Related reading: Makers and Takers – Peter SchweizerView Source
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Conservatives don’t like to play with fire. They like to play it safe, both domestically and internationally.

  • Conservatives are risk-averse about many things, often playing it safe. That is not to say that they won’t take risks, particularly in business (see below), but when it comes to issues like national security and cultural change, conservatives usually err on the side of caution, deferring to the wisdom of past experience and verifiable facts.View Source
  • Conservatives are generally opposed to uprooting tradition, working to uphold and protect time-tested beliefs and practices, including nuclear family values and Constitutional principles.View Source

Why are you Right? Yes, you, conservative person.  Can you answer that question? 

I think it's so important that I wrote a book about it -- How to be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct. Because if you can't be persuasive about why you are right, then we, the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands, are lost. So, here is the simple answer to why you are Right: It is a more practical, generous, and compassionate way to live. Let me explain:

There have been a bunch of academic studies on how those on the Left and Right approach problems. They pretty much all come to the same conclusion. The Right tends to be risk averse, more concerned about external threats like tyranny and terror. Conservatives -- get this -- tend to be conservative. They are less likely to play with fire, in just about every sense: financially, artistically, sexually. They are cautious about changing traditions (sometimes to a fault), which is why they cling to that crazy Constitution they like so much -- and to their guns and their religion.

We conservatives also focus on what we can fix, and accept what we cannot -- which is one of the many reasons we're not obsessed over global warming. With Radical Islam we know what the threat is, and that it's a lot worse than a few missing polar bears (I know that makes me sound mean -- sorry polar bears).

Liberals, the research tells us, are generally more outgoing, more likely to try new stuff. They are open to new ideas (though not school choice, or flat taxes, or a market based health care reform), and are less likely to feel threatened by unfamiliar things. This is why, in general, they seem to have more fun. They are more likely to try drugs, for example (which is fine, as long as they don't end up throwing up in my toaster). In short, liberals are pretty liberal. They feel free to take risks that the risk-averse usually end up paying for -- over and over. Which explains the necessity for conservatism. We are the clean-up crew.

Liberals may seem to have more fun (and many do), but according to polls they aren't as happy as conservatives. And with all the fun they're having, I've never quite figured out why the angriest people I've encountered in my life have been liberals. Maybe it's because short-term fun doesn't translate into long-term happiness. Marriage, families and religion do that and those are the things conservatives most value. Liberals tend to live for now. Conservatives for later.

A risk-averse conservative is more likely to save money. He is more likely to protect his investments. He is more likely to protect property, and advocate for rule of law and preservation of individual protections. And he offers no excuses for looting. Instead, he empathizes with the Asian, Arab and black small businessman whose convenience store, laundry or restaurant goes up into flames during the riot that liberals reflexively endorse as an "understandable response to injustice." 

Of course, conservatives aren't risk-averse in everything. But they take risks with their own lives, not with the society. Conservatives risk all to build businesses. That risk, however, is rooted in a fact-based belief (not faith) in the free market. If people want the product or service you're supplying at the price you're asking, you will succeed and the risk will pay off. 

Over time, it's conservative risk-taking that creates a civilization, by building families, businesses, and nations. All of which creates more wealth -- wealth that can then be used to help those in need. You need money to make money, but you also need money to give money. Conservatism makes what liberalism takes. 

So, for example, for liberals to get their minimum-wage hike, first we need conservatives to build businesses, to think like businessmen, to sacrifice their own salaries in order to pay others; to sleep on floors if necessary in order to break even. Then when they make a profit, and things are going great -- when the calm sets in --liberalism can appear and say, "How dare you not pay these people a living wage?" Once the tables are full of diners, and bills are being paid, and you're thinking about opening a second joint, liberalism arrives to demand its cut. Think of it as a protection racket. Sort of like the Gambino family, but without loyalty, job prospects, and track suits.

In short, conservatism doesn't compete with liberalism -- it sustains it. Without conservatism, there is no liberalism. And so when a liberal asks you, 'Why are you a conservative?" simply say, "So that you can be a liberal."

I'm Greg Gutfeld.

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