It’s important to remember that Conservatism, as a political ideology (and this isn’t true in other contexts), was created in response to the French Revolution to protect the wealth and power of aristocrats and the existence of the Monarchy (Go read your Burke). All ideologies in the conservatism cluster believe that a strong social hierarchy is humanity’s natural state and will work to maintain or create their idealized social hierarchy. The differences between lay in who the place at the top of the hierarchy:
Neo-liberal conservatives use wealth to determine position in the hierarchy. Remember that when we “vote” with our dollars, people with more dollars get more votes. It also lets them shift numerous political issues into the economic space, a sleight of hand which hides how they policies strip rights away from people. Believing the some people don’t deserve food or shelter seems less abhorrent when you say it as “those people need to take personal responsibility for how they wasted their money”.
Troys use blood-right to determine position in the hierarchy. If you were born an aristocrat, you are innately better than anyone else. When the only rich people are aristocrats, this is functionally identical to Neo-liberalism and the problem of inherited wealth in a capitalism system often makes this happen.
Social conservatives use religious observance to determine position in the hierarchy. This is why social conservatives of many different faiths actual act in extremely similar ways. Compare radical Islam with extreme right-wing Christians. Both advocate and perform violence against those they feel violate their “moral” standards.
Fascists use racial identities to determine position in the hierarchy. Note that since “race” is an artificial social construction, it is quite possible to construct a racial identity around a national identity. This is how “American” becomes a code word for “White” and the idea that non-white Americans are from somewhere else even if they were born in America.
Misogynists use gender to determine position in the hierarchy and Homo- & Trans-phobes use sexual-identity to determine position in the hierarchy.
A party without a governing theory, a higher purpose or a clear moral direction is nothing more than a cartel, a syndicate that exists only to advance itself. There is no organized, coherent purpose other than the acquisition and maintenance of power.
The party’s governing theory has always been the acquisition and maintenance of power for the right people. The Trump Era is about drop that pretense that it was every about anything else. What policies does that have that have not been advocated by Republicans before?
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