A Conservative Manifesto

First of all don't think any ideology has no problems, and don't think any any ideology is completely worthless. Even the most evil ideologies however horrific have done some good and had some truths among their lies.

This type of conservatism is a popular way of thinking, but is rarely talked about properly, if it isn't written about more, it might eventually disappear. So if you know what I mean and can explain it better then I do or if you think you can improve my work then do it.

Traditional English conservatism was called Toryism, it's motto was "God, King and Country". I partly approve of this but as the gospel says:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."

It does not mention having three masters but surely it will make the situation even worse, these confused loyalties caused horrible trouble and violence in the past. There will always be situations where God, King and Country all want you to do different things.

This way of thinking seems impossible then, but it isn't; While a man may not have two masters, a servant may give orders to a servant under them while not becoming their master.

An employee may have different managers over them, but still have one employer.

So first of all our loyalties must go towards God our creator, then our king and country as long as they are both loyal to God, otherwise they are guilty of treason so not worthy of loyalty.

There may have been a time when King came before country but clearly those days are done, if a country is mostly loyal to God, or a part of a country is loyal to God, it comes above a King who must be loyal to it as well as to God or be guilty of treason and forfeit his crown.

God:

Does God exist?

Anyone who accepts the concecpt of at the very least a Spinoza's style of God, but also believes in meaningful human agency in some way, and accepts basic moral laws is close enough to believing in God for our purposes.

Otherwise the only answer is as the Bible says;

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?"

Some seek God and find him, but others seek or claim to seek but do not find God. It is possible that they are seeking a God that doesn't exist instead of the one that does. It is possible to seek secretly hoping not to find and to miss the obvious, but one hoping to find can find what isn't there.

One that hasn't read and meditated on a range of holy texts, sought out religious expriences and listened to a wide range of religious and irreligious thinkers is far too uneducated on the matter perhaps not having sought enough.

Why is religion important?

People need to be constantly reminded to be good, unfortunately.

Religion has evovled with us, it is innate within us, hoping to discard an evolutionary feature without negative consequences is optimistic at best. It has been reliably established that religion in most cases improves peoples state of mind and makes them more generous, it has always been catalyst for community and charity and it has always patronised and preserved art and culture.

It is evident that people behave in religious ways, think in religious patterns even when they are not religious, creating idols out of ideology, scientific research, commercial products etc... such devotion should be left in a religious sphere.

We must get used to thinking we are part of something larger than ourselves and beyond our full understanding, because we are, but again it is easy to forget.

God's Law

To serve God the most important thing is to follow God's laws. There is no definite consensus of exactly what these laws are, but they are loosely agreed upon; very frequently God's laws are what atheists think should be followed anyway. Anyone who doesn't seek to follow basic morality is naturally not a person to encourage. Everyone has their own interpretation of basic morality but some people belive they can invent their own, these are not to be encouraged either, others think fashion and media are better sources of morality than tradition tested through all the ages, while standards of what is and isn't acceptable can change a little, this is unreasonable and also wicked.

Much of the wickedness in the world today should be obvious, but clearly not sufficiently.

Justice

This is a fundamental and innate value that comes from deep within us, it is essential to act justly and to deliver justice. It is the essence of the golden rule; to treat others as you want to be treated. Justice and fairness are the basis of peaceful relations and of prosperity.

Sadly justice is a higly neglected virtue...

Legal Justice

Too frequently the courts do not deliver justice, because of unjust laws unreasonable sentences, poor investigation, failed bureaucracy fabricated or destroyed evidence, because they are set up in a way that favours the rich, because of a pitiful lack of funding or other reasons, this is clearly unacceptable and must be changed.

Laws are selectively enforced, this is not just.

Environmental justice

Countries and individuals poison and pollute the earth and those who do not or do so less are the ones who mostly suffer for it, this is unjust and must be stopped; furthermore it is unjust for future generations to bear the consequences for the greed of their ancestors. The remedy for this must be just as well, instead of another way for the rich to scalp the poor.

Corruption

Politicians openly engage in corrupt behaviour, all courruption is unjust and must not be tolerated. They shamelessly take from the poor to enrich themselves.

Inequality

Life is not always fair and it's vain to think it ever will be on earth, however that does not mean that society should abandon any attempt to be just, in fact because it is so difficult it should try harder but in a realistic manner.

Inequality is unavoidable but it will always be mostly unjust and the more inequality the greater the injustice, with greater inequality comes along with other problems greater levels of crime and lower levels of stability. Money is power; more inqueality means more power in the hands of the wealthy and less in the hands of the rest. Today the richest are becoming richer and richer for doing less and less, while the poor are becoming poorer for doing more, this should change.

Conservativism should not and need not be synonymous with neo-liberalism as it is now, but there is no need to adopt socialism, merely to find a middle way, to act in accordance with justice, kindness and moderation, things which both systems lack.

Greed

There is an attitude that "greed is good"; enterprise, reasonable ambition and the desire to provide for yourself and your family all have something to be said for them, this does not have to be the same thing as greed which is needless to say evil.

Theft

Theft is immoral everyone agrees, it harms society everyone agrees, but now the police often do not do much about it; this must change.

Corruption often amounts to theft.

Lust

Children now have access to pornography from a very early age and are encouraged by their peers to view it, this is clearly wrong and does untold damage. It has been normalised culturally among adults as well. It has been shown pornography not only has psychological effects but physically damages the brain, this evil must be challenged.

Pornography and much of the messaging through every kind of media encourages us to view women as only being valuable as pieces of flesh, this can create damaging, perverted and horrible attitudes in both men and women, this must be rejected. We are beings that exist above animal instincts and must not let them control our intelligence which should be focused on higher things.

Country:

Why do we need a country?

Anyone who asks this is probably a lost cause, the practical, economic, political, democratic, social and religious necessities are obvious enough not to elaborate here.

Why should we care about our country?

Because that's where we live.

Should we care about the whole world instead of just one bit of it? Yes but it's up to you to fix your own bit of it, it's up to you to take care of your own house, it's up to you to care for your local community, it's up to us to look after our own country.

Why should we be loyal to our country?

Why should we be loyal to our family?

Why should we be loyal to our friends?

Why should we be loyal to anything at all?

Without loyalty life would be unbearable.

What is a nation?

A nation is a sort of family, it is a sort of tribe, it is a way of talking, a way of thinking, a way of being.

Why should we preserve our national identity?

The world is becoming more and more homogeneous, national identities are dissolving into a capitalist consumerist grey mess, all that matters is profit and power; goodness wisdom and beauty are worth nothing. A one size fits all global identity will always be imperialist and suffocating. The death of ancient and beautiful cultures and customs is pure vandalism, making the world duller and uglier.

Every nation has it's own attitudes, and at different times different attitudes are needed, we cannot learn lessons from each others cultures when there are no more cultures, leaving us all poorer and more vulnerable to evil ideologies.

Two people immersed in a rich culture can communicate in a way two people from different cultures or from a superficial culture cannot, many subtle references can be exchanged between the two that add greater levels of meaning in fewer words allowing them to co-operate and enrich each others lives in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Is immigration a threat to our national identities?

It is inevitable that immigrants will erode the culture of the places they come to, though they may also make valuable contributions, the larger the volume obviously the greater this erosion will be, so it should have limits.

However our loyalty to God, decency and basic humanity must be above our loyalty to our nation, so any effort to persecute immigrants is to be utterly rejected and it is our duty to help the destitute and to take in people who have nowhere to go. We must love the stranger and act justly.

Anyone who puts country over justice, decency and kindess, will always bring destruction.

King:

A constitutional Monarch is described as a figurehead, there is nothing wrong with being a figurehead it's a miserable person who objects to having one.

A country is a nebulous concept, it has difficulty making it's voice heard, it is easier and often more helpful to express our loyalty and national expression to a person loyal to the country than to the concept of a country itself. A monarch serves as a rallying point, this seems to be the natural way. The support and loyalty of the subjects of a monarch often strengthens the resolve and loyalty of the monarch themselves, their example then strengthens the people's loyalty and morale and increases the country's reputation among other nations.

Such a monarch's prestige give them a powerful voice, which can be used for good.

Why should the position be hereditary?

It is plainly evident that good breeding and upbringing are more effective mechanisms for producing regal and upright leaders than the machinations of politics. Hereditary positions foster a sense of continuity which creates a greater sense of legitimacy and a greater sense of obligation in the monarch. Their closeness to their predecessors allows them to better carry out the ancient customs.

Liberty:

We owe absolute loyalty only to God, we will not be slaves!

Everyone who wants this is an enemy.

We will have freedom of conscience, freedom to discard our leaders and freedom of expression.

Conservatism:

Basic conservatism simply means "if t'ain't broke don't fix it", (though it is equally true "a stitch in time saves nine").

It is a belief in the gradual evolution of society instead of revolution, for revolutions never achieve what they hope to do and end in tyranny.

It is a belief that a country rests on the strength of its institutions, so that such institutions must be protected.

Leadership:

Political power almost invariably goes to the cynical manipulator or to the religious ideologue. Henceforth all movements must require anyone who wants to have any power to be vetted informally in social and cultral settings.

There should be a range of intimate groups in each organistion to allow for diversity, these groups should only allow members that they trust and can rely on to be elevated.

Charity:

To decrease inequality and to improve the moral character of the population we must do more to normalise giving. The power of advertising is great so we must promote reputable charitable causes constantly wherever reasonably possible, hopefully without trying to glorify yourself.

Justgiving.com

Causes

Land Value Tax Campaign National Allotment society [UK] Cycling UK Reform UK Pause For The Cause Order Of Malta St John International

Hellen Keller International