Thomas Frank aptly described this paradox of contemporary populist conservatism in the US: the economic class opposition (poor farmers and blue-collar workers versus lawyers, bankers, and large companies) is transposed or re-coded onto the opposition of honest, hard-working Christian Americans versus the decadent liberals who drink lattes and drive foreign car, advocate abortion and homosexuality, and mock patriotic sacrifice and simple "provincial" ways of life, and so forth.
The enemy is thus perceived as the "liberal" elite who, through federal state intervention -- from school-busing to legislating that Darwinian theory and perverted sexual practices be taught in class -- want to undermine the authentic American way.
The conservatives' main economic demand is therefore to get rid of the strong state which taxes the population to finance its regulatory interventions; their minimal economic program is thus:"fewer taxes, fewer regulations."
From the standard perspective of the enlightened and rational pursuit of self-interest, the inconsistency of this ideological stance is obvious: the populist conservatives are literally voting themselves into economic ruin.
Less taxation and deregulation means more freedom for the big companies who are driving impoverished farmers out of business; less state intervention means less federal help for small businessmen and entrepreneurs.
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