Trevor Brookins

Trevor Brookins

*Last week I argued that many of the specifics in any political discussion are less important than the underlying motivation. My point was that we should understand what we are ultimately arguing for or against.

I also hinted that I would give reasons why a more liberal perspective was better than a conservative one. Here are some past columns to illustrate that belief.

http://www.eurweb.com/2011/07/the-socialists-journal-why-socialism/
This is about the philosophical basis for socialism.

http://www.eurweb.com/2012/01/the-socialists-journal-balancing-the-budget/
A column about the political and economic consequences of conservativism versus liberalism.

http://www.eurweb.com/2011/11/the-socialists-journal-the-religious-imperative-for-socialism/
Here is a column about how socialism fits in with Christian ideals. This is particularly important because so many conservatives also tout their Christian beliefs.

http://www.eurweb.com/2012/12/the-socialists-journal-puff-puff-pass-a-new-law/
This is a column about the legalization of marijuana and the possible outcomes of what would be a liberal leaning policy. I didn’t really go into here but there is an implication that the conservative method of prosecuting marijuana use (and therefore marijuana trafficking) was/is not working.

Last week I pointed out that conservatism is primarily concerned with politics and economics. Many people will lean toward conservative stances based on economic considerations. Here are three columns that attack the economics of conservatism. The first is about the methodology of economic conservatism. The second is about the negative consequences of modern economic conservatism. The third is about the basic contradiction of a society embracing economic conservatism in the form of laissez-faire or supply side economics.
http://www.eurweb.com/2011/07/the-socialists-journal-the-price-of-economic-conservatism/
http://www.eurweb.com/2011/01/the-socialist%E2%80%99s-journal-the-bond-fad-diet/
http://www.eurweb.com/2010/11/the-socialist%E2%80%99s-journal-the-supply-side-contradiction/

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War. His writing has appeared in The Journal News. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @historictrev.