I said you “value things like liberty, freedom, speech, and privacy.”

I did not say you did not value social good. Conservatives also value social good, and many are philanthopists like Bill Gates, or volunteers like Rotarians, funding or working on projects to advance social good. I can guarantee that the Gates Foundation spends its money with a great deal more care than a government department does: every cent spent has to do good in the world. What Conservatives are not in favour of is having “Social Good” defined by partisan Politicians and administered by uncaring Bureaucrats, using and wasting money stolen from our hard-earned income. State welfare systems lead to obscenities like State-funded abortions, IVF and Gender reassignment surgery, and for people who could work being paid to rot at home instead of supporting themselves. We are big on helping people to be independent, rather that ensnaring them in welfare dependency: Welfare should be the safety net to support those true unfortunates who are incapable of supporting themselves, not a lifestyle choice for the fit and able.

Conservatives believe that with the exception of a few areas that cannot be performed by the private sector (Military, Law enforcement and the Courts for example), we can spend our own money far better than the Government can. We don’t believe in no Government, just in keeping Government no bigger than it needs to be. The difference between Left and Right is one of degree: both want to advance Social Good; they just favour different methods. Freedom versus Force, Voluntary Giving versus Government Taxes, the good of the individual versus the equality of the collective. As Sir Winston Churchill famously said:

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

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