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Volume 7, Issue 5

Volume 7, Issue 5

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10/03/2010

 
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Review
 
The Purdue
A JournAl of ConservAtive thought And opinion
Bayh Will Notrun Again
After 12 years, EvanBayh is leaving the Sen-ate. It’s just too parti-san. Candidates on bothsides of the aisle line
up in droves to ill the
vacuum left by his exit 
Cami A n s
We continue our semes-
ter long series on dein
-ing Conservatism. What is it and what are its
deining principles?
 va  aeca
As college tuition hasgone up, the standardsand quality of that edu-cation have gone down.Are we being well pre-
pared for the workplace?
gao ga
Last year, Purdue movedto a plus/minus grad-
ing system. Is it fair? Not 
when an A+ is worth thesame as an A. How has
the switch affected you?
 vm 7, i 5 |
 
March 2010
Pice vs.People
nw vc p hma rcp a p
Is it worth the $100,000 salary increase?We think so.
pg. 10
3
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The Purdue Review
March, 2010
Consevatism In A Nutshell
Following the election of Barack Obama and Democratic gains in theHouse and Senate in 2008, manypolitical pundits proclaimed that he Conservative era of governancewas over. Americans, they claimed,had thoroughly rejected Conserva-ive ideas because those ideas hadbeen demonstrably disproven forhey had led to the greatest eco-nomic downturn since the great depression. The only problem withhis analysis is that the ideas inquestion are not really Conserva-ive ideas.For many people, especiallyhose in Generation Y, their mainexperience with governance hasbeen the government of the last decade which, though primar-ily dominated by Republicans, wasnot necessarily Conservative, but ahybrid of Conservative ideas (e.g.,low taxes) and Progressive ideas(e.g., government as the engine of economic growth) which had di-sastrous effects. Additionally, wehave not seen an overwhelminglypopular Conservative spokesper-
son since Newt Gingrich in the ear
-ly 1990’s.It is no surprise then that manyAmericans do not have a goodgrasp of what Conservatism reallyis. It’s not that Conservatism is toocomplicated for most people to un-derstand, or that it has not beenexplained well enough, for Conser-vatism is something that the ma-jority of Americans inherently un-derstands and agrees with. Rather,Conservatism has not really beenexplained at all for quite some timeand, more importantly, has not been implemented or adhered toby those in Government who claimo be Conservative.Our goal then, for the rest of thesemester, is to explain the Conser-vative philosophy in a way that many people have probably not heard since the Reagan years. We
who is to say what is necessary?This entire deinition of greed is
based on the idea that there is adistinct limit to success, and any-thing above that limit is unnaturalor immoral. According to the Left,the government should not onlydecide what is necessary for eachperson, but also what actions totake to remedy the injustice of hav-ing (or pursuing) ex-cesswealth.Looking at it from that perspec-
tive, who wouldn’t be a socialist? I
one actually accepts the premisthat there are moral limits to suc-cess, and that the government is
the best entity to ix this problem
then it would make perfect sensto see capitalism as the promotioof greed, and socialism as the only
solution. But this skewed deini
-tion of capitalism only explains thmindset behind socialism. Trufree-market capitalism is
based on a different dei
-nition of greed: pursu-ing self-interest.It is in humanature to want tosucceed, to wanto better one’scondition in lifeto want to pro-vide for one’sfamily and en-joy prosperityOur Founders
Capitalism
By
AARON ANSPAUGH
Imagine a playroom illed with
toddlers. One of the toddlers de-cides to take all the toys for himself.The other children are left toylessand crying. The teacher sees thisinjustice and then distributes thetoys amongst the kids, making surethat everyone has an equal amount and no one is left out. Any liberalwould look at this example andmake the clear connection be-tween the greedy child and acapitalist, as well as betweenthe teacher and a benevolent socialist government. But isthis simple example really agood illustration of the differ-ence between capitalism and
socialism?
To say that capitalism isbased on greed requires that 
greed be deined. When lib
-erals use the term “greed”,they refer to someone de-siring or pursuing mate-rial wealth beyond what is necessary to them. But will attempt to explain what webelieve Conservatism really is andwhat the main tenets of Conserva-tism are. Despite the common per-ception, there is more to Conserva-tism than lowering taxes, repealing
Roe v. Wade, and ighting wars in
the Middle East. In fact, this is as anextremely poor representation of what Conservatism is.In this issue, we will be address-ing the pragmatism and individual-ism of Conservatism. We will alsobe dissecting the time tested eco-nomic system of Capitalism as wellas the negative effects of Welfare. Inthe April Issue, we will be discuss-ing foreign policy, American Excep-tionalism, and national security.
See “Conser- vatism...” onpg. 4
 Adam Smith

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