The Axis of Conservatism

You may have heard of all the ways that liberals are destroying America, including our runaway Supreme Court, socialist president, and such blatantly liberal media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times. But when one steps back and looks at the United States from a global perspective, its policies look like that of a backwater, backwards nation. Compared to many other western industrialized nations, the U.S. lacks a significant welfare state, universal health care, paid parental leave, abortion rights, gun control, and union strength. The poor in the U.S. are comparatively poorer than the underclasses of our peers. Western European nations such as Spain, France, Portugal, Norway, and Sweden, as well as Canada all legalized gay marriage years before the U.S. did. It’s clear that in terms of policy, generally speaking the U.S. is more towards the right when compared to other western nations. The Democratic Party, considered the “liberal” party in America, is much more conservative when compared to liberal parties in other countries such as the British Labour Party or the Greek Syriza Party. The Republican Party is absurdly draconian in comparison to the British Conservative party.

The public sphere just isn’t as substantial in the U.S, such as transportation, roads, schools, and unemployment insurance. The only public good that the U.S. is exceptionally strong in is the military. In America, it’s all about privatizing, or having people pay for things directly rather than be taxed. For example, in England, the price of every university is capped at £9,000 per year, which translates into $13,662. The average tuition is approximately $9,108 per year in England. Compare this to the U.S. where the average public 4-year college as an in-state student costs $18,943, out of state costs $32,762, and 4-year private colleges cost $42,419. Not to mention the fact that it is not uncommon for the tuition of American private universities to reach $65,000. To pay for these policies, Western European countries employ comparatively higher income tax rates to pay for the welfare of all, and taxes make up a higher percentage of GDP in these countries. In the U.S., the burden rests on the individual, not the society.Read less

These policies don’t just come out of the blue, however. They reflect a more conservative electorate. According to a series of surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center, Americans are much more likely than citizens of Western European countries to think it’s necessary to believe in God to be moral, to believe that homosexuality should be rejected, that success in life is self-determined, and that it’s not important to have nobody in need. These survey results all reflect an American sense of individualism that can be traced back to before the founding, but has continued to be bolstered throughout the centuries.

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