I am a conservative. I’m a strong believer in laissez-faire capitalism, free markets, low taxes and deregulation. As you can imagine, I am a fan of Milton Friedman.
I believe in democracy, free will, and people’s natural right to liberty. I think that the American credo, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” should be adopted by every nation, every state. We should never take our liberty for granted, we have to be ready to fight for it; we also have to contribute to and protect other nations’ desire and right of freedom.
What Does a Conservative Believe In?
- Traditional morals and values
- Liberty, and defending it at all costs. Not only ours, but if needed, others’ as well
- The right to defend yourself and yours
- Small government
- Low taxes
- Minimal government interference
- Free market, private enterprises and less regulation
- Working instead of accepting benefits
What Do I Believe In?
I strongly believe in free-market economy and an economy based on private enterprises. It’s the companies and businesses that produce value through employing people, and the market must be let to function at its own path, according to its own natural rules. It is not the state’s affair to bail out companies in trouble nor own decisive shares in enterprises. The market evolves on its own and all the state has to do is provide laws how businesses should operate to produce the most value to the economy—by employment, and by paying taxes. However, the regulation should be kept to the minimum and businesses must be allowed to flourish without harsh government controls.
When one is hungry, one should be given a fishing rod, not fish. Work is the only acceptable option to improve one’s wellbeing. It’s essential that people work for living, not gain it in a form of different benefits from the government. If people work for living, they produce value for themselves and for the economy; if people live off benefits, they are living at others’ expense, and thus contributing to higher taxes which the workforce has to pay. If you live at someone else’s expense, this money is essentially going to run out.
Low taxes are the key of supporting the workforce and the companies. I believe in low income tax for businesses and individuals, and I very strongly believe in flat-rate income tax. If people who earn more pay a higher percentage of income tax, it’s a harsh punishment for being more successful. Taxation policy should encourage people to become more successful and earn more, not punish people for doing so.
State interference of people’s lives should be as minimal as possible, and based on the need to defend the people, their human rights, security, and common good. People should themselves look after, among their own wellbeing, the humanity’s moral and values.
Life is sacred. Even unborn life. Abortion must not be regarded as a contraceptive. While I am not advocating outlawing abortion, I think people should be educated that an unborn baby is life and abortion is murder. It’s not about women being the masters of their bodies, because it’s not their life they are taking with abortion. There are numerous ways for avoiding pregnancy.
Naturally, even with minimal state interference in people’s lives, there have to be laws that keep the people safe from those who want to harm them. Crime has to be addressed with sincere seriousness and criminals must be punished to the full extent of the law for their crimes. However, I do not support capital punishment, because dying is the easiest thing to do and therefore isn’t a punitive measure.
On the other hand, the people should have an inalienable right to self defense. If someone attacks you, your family or your property, you should be allowed to defend it at all costs. I believe people should have a right to own and carry firearms to defend themselves.
I am not anti-immigration. But I believe that people who come to live in a foreign country must integrate to the society, while, if they wish, keeping their national roots. I’m for religious and cultural freedom, but I strongly believe that people coming to a foreign country must speak the language of the country and obey the laws of that country. Every country should have a strong and enforced language policy—if one lives in the United States, one speaks English, one must be served in English and one can’t demand to be served in anything else but English. And one must also be able to demand speaking English from one’s customers.
As a European, I am not anti-European Union, but I believe it must be a union of independent nations with independent governments, not a federalist state with a governing body in Brussels that makes decisions on behalf of sovereign nations. I believe that all citizens of the European Union must have a say in matters that affect their lives, like the Lisbon Treaty, the ESM, or any other attempt to produce a Union-wide law that strips people from their rights. The European Union can exist as a free market, based on free countries that make their own decisions.
I believe that all people are created free and equal. And this freedom, this liberty, needs a strong defense. We must defend out liberty at any cost, and that doesn’t mean just personal liberty, but liberty of nations. The free world must help the nations struggling for freedom from tyranny, like we helped Iraq and Afghanistan, and like we should do in Iran, North Korea or Syria. When nations under the oppression of tyranny begin to demand freedom, it’s our obligation to help them to gain it. We take our freedom for granted—luxury that people under oppression don’t have. It’s our obligation to help them achieve that.
Traditions are not good because they’re old, they’re old because they’re good. Historical experience is extremely important because it has survived, proved to be efficient, and can be counted on. There is no need to “fix” things that work efficiently. On the other hand, we must learn from the traditions and if needed, make decisions based on what we have learnt from the experience.