Re: "New Age Racists"?

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From: John Klassa (
Date: Wed Nov 29 2000 - 14:11:50 PST

>>>>> On Tue, 28 Nov 2000, "Kragen" == Kragen Sitaker wrote:

  Kragen> These beliefs are the foundation of conservatism; indeed,
  Kragen> conservatism divides humanity far more finely than mere
  Kragen> racism, asserting even that different families of people in
  Kragen> the same clan are hereditarily superior and inferior to one
  Kragen> another.

*What*?! What's your definition of conservatism? I'm probably just
naive in my understanding of the term, but that it's racist in nature
has never (even once) occurred to me. In the immortal words from
Princess Bride, "I do not think that word means what you think it
means"... :-) Or, at least, I didn't think it did.

Main Entry: con·ser·va·tism
Pronunciation: k&n-'s&r-v&-"ti-z&m
Function: noun
Date: 1835
1 capitalized a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party
              b : the Conservative party
2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established
  b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability,
      stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development
      to abrupt change
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change

John Klassa /

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