UK Conservatives: the Opposite of American

I quite like the recent crop of posters that say things like: “In Iceland after the financial crash we jailed some of our bankers….the opposite of America.” So I thought I would create my own on how different conservatives are in the UK compared with America. Enjoy!

In the UK, most conservatives accept climate change is happening, accept gay marriage, believe in state healthcare, and strict gun control, are anti-death penalty, are concerned about inequality (80% list it as a major concern of theirs), have a general grasp of reality, and they aren’t hysterical about their opponents…and even quite rate President Obama and their leader goes to visit him…

The opposite of America

David Cameron UK Conservative Prime Minister

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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2 Responses to UK Conservatives: the Opposite of American

  1. That’s pretty amazing. I guess Americans like being the “outliers,” revel in being two standard deviations (or more) from the norm, and think that their posturing as “rebels” somehow gives them a pass from behaving rationally. Shall this too pass? Or are we destined to shoot ourselves in both feet and then begin detaching and wounding other body parts?

    • @living in Las Cruces. Thanks. I think the root cause of the problem is the use of American myths of sturdy individualism and “freedom” by special interest groups with an agenda. This simply does not exist in Europe. Also in Europe including the UK we spent the time from 1945-1989 making sure Fascism didn’t resurrect itself or Communism take over. This meant moderate centrist conservative and liberals learned to work together rather than hang separately.They had been in the same German concentration camps together in some cases. The European welfare state was invented by conservative Bismark to head off revolution in the 19th century and its early stages in the UK were driven my the risk of uprisings in the 1900s and 1910s. This historical underpining keeps UK and European conservatism moderate. No such checks and balances seem to apply now in the US which has lost its “Greatest Generation” shared experience of Depression, World War, Cold War and now has a somewhat hysterical conservatism. I didn’t know a single hysterical conservative growing up. 🙂 Oh and the 17th Century Wars of Religion cured Europe of religious fanaticism. Germany lost a third of its population in the 30 Years War. The US is having wars of religion as part of its problem still.

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