Conservatives are, after all, people who talk in quasi-religious tones of enterprise, hard work and entrepreneurial drive, while rewarding capital gains over wages and salaries.
As the US election nears, Conservative websites are aglow with visions of an uninterrupted Republican future stretching out for all posterity: One world, one operating system. There is, however, another possibility. Centuries from now, assuming we survive this eerily psychotic era, Republicanism, Conservatism and the rightwing mind in general could well be regarded not as a political movement, but as a mental health issue.
David Thompson is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Times and The Observer.
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