Paternalistic Conservatism

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"Nationalisation of industry has never had much to do with radical leftism. Whyever should it?"

Paternalistic Conservatism (PatCon) is a economically center to center-left policies, cuturally centre-right to right-wing ideology which combines social conservatism with economic interventionism, under the belief of Paternalism and Communitarianism. Consistent with principles such as duty, hierarchy and organicism, it can be seen an outgrowth of Traditionalist Conservatism. Paternalistic Conservatives support neither the individual nor the state in principle, but are instead prepared to support either or recommend a balance between the two depending on what is most practical thus making them civically moderate. Paternalistic Conservatism was first formed in the 19th century as a response to the social unrest of the industry revolution, which caused conservatives to move away from classical economics and individualism and start to advocate for more state intervention, regulation and support of the welfare state, before starting to embrace Neoliberal economics in the 80s after the rise of Margaret Thatcher. Patcons adopt policies similar to Social Democracy or a Social Market Economy.



Main article: Gaullism

In France, Charles de Gaulle (from 1958 to 1969, when he was President) could be described as a sort of Paternalistic Conservative. His successors kept such ideas until the 1980's when the neo-gaullist party (called RPR) copied the ideas of Margareth Thatcher and embraced a much more globalist and economically right-wing ideology.

Philippe Séguin, who was one of the leaders of this party and president of the Parliament in the 1990's, however fought against this new ideas. He and his supporters allied euroscepticism, moderate conservatism and a welfarist perception of the economy, making them closer to actual Patcons. Nicknamed "social gaullists", they vigorously supported the "no" at the 1992 referendum on the Maastricht Treaty. But this ideological movement did not succeed in changing the RPR from the inside, and is now quasi-inexistent.


Main article: Bismarckism

In Germany, the paternalistic conservative movement primarily stems from the policies of Otto von Bismarck as the chancellor of the German Empire, mostly in the 1880's. These being insurance-based welfare systems outlined in Health Insurance, Accident Insurance, Old age and disability insurance, Worker's protection and Children's Protection acts of 1883, 1884, 1889, 1891 and 1903 respectively.

In the May of 1863, back when Bismarck was the Prime Minister of Prussia sent a letter to the social democrat Ferdinand Lassalle which started a series of political meetings between the two.[3]


In Poland there's a strong divide between conservative view of economic policy, both of them being generally based on an opposition to communism of the previous PRL era. The primary of those while favouring a somewhat capitalistic economy that is very strongly controlled by the state, expressed by the Law and Justice Party, and the secondary one favoring laissez-faire economics, as expressed by the Konfederacja Coalition.

United Kingdom

Paternalistic Conservatism originally stems from the United Kingdom in the 1840's from the works of Benjamin Disraeli and from the wider One-Nation Conservative movement, although who did not gain significant power until the 1870's. Disraeli's terms in office can be said to be the Britain's first real shift away from laissez-faire economics and it's modern welfare system.

Another major moment in the history of British paternalistic conservatism is the post-war consensus between the Labour and Conservative Parties, which was an agreement between the both parties to both support Keynesian economic policies and the welfare state.

The Social Democratic Party in the UK has a similar outlook to that of a Paternalistic Conservative.

Peter Hitchens is a controversial writer and journalist known for his staunchly socially conservative views, such as being opposed to same-sex marriage and the trans community. As a former Socialist however, he still retains social democratic views on economics.


Main article: Japanese Liberal Democracy

Kishidaism is an ideology representing current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Kōchikai faction of the Liberal Democractic Party. It is known for its moderately conservative views on social matters and promoting redistributive capitalism. Despite self-proclaimed moderatism, Kishida is still a member of the ultranationalist Nippon Kaigi, like many other prominent LDP members. He differs from many of the hardline LDP conservatives, supporting peaceful diplomacy, opposing remilitarization, and being mostly ambivalent on issues like same-sex marriage.

East Balkans

In other European countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania, the major social democratic parties tend to incorporate social conservative and moderate nationalist/patriotic views into their platforms, and can as such be viewed as a form of paternalistic conservatism or conservative social democracy.


In Ukraine, PatCon can be seen in the Bat'kivshchyna (lit. "Fatherland") political party. Though the Fatherland party officially presents itself as center-right liberal conservative, christian democratic and liberal nationalist, it's politicians have supported more economically centrist and left-leaning policies, like social security expansion, land sale moratorium lifitng (while opposing the sale of agricultural land and strategic enterprises), even supporting balanced housing and communal tariff controls, though the party previously rejected this latter law in favour of unregulated prices.

United States

William Jennings Bryan was an American politician who supported populist economic views, such as regulating corporations and free silver, while holding conservative social beliefs such as creationism and states' rights,although he strongly supported Women's suffrage He was running for presidency in 1896, 1900 and 1908 as a Democrat against William McKinley and William Howard Taft, respectively, but lost. He was also influenced by Jeffersonian Democracy.

Huey Long was another famous paternalistic conservative. Like Bryan, Long had populist economic views, expanding social programs, infrastructure, and education in Louisiana and proposing the famous “Share Our Wealth” program, which Long saw as a better alternative to the “insufficiently radical” New Deal. However, Long also implemented conservative and religious social policies, such as skirting the separation of church by supporting parochial schools and cracking down on “immoral” gambling dens across the state.

While the Republican Party have been primarily staunch supporters of Free-Market Capitalism and Fiscal Conservatism since the rise of Ronald Reagan, recently there has been a few who favor a more Communitarian and mildly state interventionist approach. The two prominent examples being Senator Josh Hawley and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, with the latter having criticised right-libertarian economics and having said "the free-market is not a religion".

The Democrats also have some politicians who are considered to be more conservative on social issues than economic ones and support some form of ideological Communitarianism, most commonly in rural areas. Notable examples include Joe Donnelly, Bob Casey Jr., and Jon Bel Edwards.


In Italy, some Paternalistic Conservatives resemblance can be found in "Left-leaning factions" of Lega Nord, Fratelli d'Italia and rarely in some people inside Forza Italia.


Aontú is a political party in Ireland that carries syncretic politics carrying a socio-culturally conservative platform alongside a social market economy which has a heavy resemblance to the idea of paternalistic conservatism. The leader of the party is Peadar Tóibín.


Paternalistic conservatism in Botswana exists in the form of the Botswana Democratic Party, which was founded by the country's first president and prime minister, Seretse Khama. Under Khama's leadership, the country went through fast economic growth and positive social changes. It remains the country's largest party in its National Assembly.


Main article: Peronism

Peron, founder of the Justicialist Party, installed a sort of right-wing socialism in Argentina during his first period in the presidency, beginning in 1946. It combined generous Government welfare programs and a large economic role for the state with religious conservatism and respect for private property.


In Brazil, paternalistic conservatism can arguably be used to describe the policies of Getúlio Vargas before the Estado Novo and after being reelected, as he pushed for many social democratic policies such as welfare, higher minimum wage among other worker reforms while being both paternalistic and very conservative in his policies, in the modern day paternalistic conservatism can be seen in part manifested in some parts of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party like with presidential candidate João Doria, aside from that in Brazil social democratic economics tend to be popular with social conservatism too being prominent leading to paternalistic conservatism being a somewhat influential ideology in certain parts of the country, although recently the right has turned more to liberalism.


Kjellénism, also known as National Socialism (not to be confused with Nazism), is the ideology of the late Swedish politician Rudolf Kjellén. Kjellén was a famous Conservative thinker whose ideas regarding geopolitics were spread throughout Europe. He saw nations as living organisms which are born, lives and eventually dies. Due to this view of society he called for a Corporatist model where all parts of "the organism" cooperate to prolong the nation. Politics are thought to be in a constant dialectic between Progressive and Conservative forces, both of which are necessary. His philosophy went on to inspire the idea of Lebensraum, and he has therefore been accused of being a "Proto-Nazi".


Although Paternalistic Conservatism is in favor of intervention in the economy when necessary it is not in favor of a command economy. Paternalistic Conservatism and Longism are currently the only two Authoritarian Left ideologies that do not identify as Socialist of any kind and should be portrayed being irritated when they are called that. Rather, their beliefs meant to provide an alternative to socialism with Populist economics or paternalist economics the difference is that populist economics is often associated with abstract concepts and includes chauvinistic policies such as restricting immigration while paternalistic economics is purely the top down structure. Another way you can look at paternalistic conservatism is that their welfare states use a lot of family based mechanisms and national insurance policies rather than cash transfers or needs based systems of welfare. Paternalistic Conservatism and Longism both favor moderately regulated and populist market capitalism with a moderate to strong welfare state. Culturally, Longism is influenced by biblical teachings while Paternalistic Conservatism can vary in its support of religious institutions (most of the time, however, there is strong support for religious institutions from Paternalistic Conservatism).


PatCon will act a bit of a "conservative boomer" as compared to other Social-Democratic ideologies and emphasizes on acting proper and hard-working. He is nostalgic for the 1950s.

Ironically he calls his dad socdem a boomer because of how boomers created the hippies. He does the same for conservative leaning neoliberals.

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  • Classical Conservatism - I am an outgrowth of you. Defend the little platoons!
  • One-Nation Conservatism - You take a lot of my ideas!
  • Aristocracy - Fellow "noblesse oblige" enjoyer.
  • Christian Democracy - A great friend of mine! Christianity, based! Democracy is also based!
  • Islamic Democracy - Best Muslim.
  • Bismarckism - One of my oldest and best friends. And I can't thank you enough for pretty much pioneering the modern day welfare state.
  • Conservatism - Based cultural views. I'm your key to winning the poor vote. Focus on ending poverty and we can reconcile.
  • Longism - Fellow AuthLeft non-socialist. I'll say it again, we're not socialists!
  • Eco-Conservatism - Economic regulation to protect the Environment? Social Conservatism? All perfect. Plus, Nixon increased welfare spending and proposed a form of basic income.
  • Communitarianism - You are also quite similar to me, but you are more general and I'm more specific.
  • National Conservatism - Based!
  • Constitutional Monarchism - How the monarchy should be, not too despotic not too libertine.
  • Kaczysm - Our Polish brother.
  • Conservative Corporatism - Fellow enjoyer of communitarian economics.
  • Paternalism - We have a duty to protect and help the unfortunate ones.
  • Paleoconservatism - Yeah! Cut the military budget and conserve our nation's sacred traditions! Maybe we could spend that money we saved on welfare? Just a thought.
  • Theodemocracy - "And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need–I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith." - Alma 34:28


  • Sanationism - Respect for The Marshal! PiS loves you but for your time you were progressive.
  • Welfare Chauvinism - You take things too far and focus on the nation over tradition, sometimes even destroying heritage (like Peker).
  • Conservative Socialism - Let's create a new consensus together, though you are still a disgraceful socialist. And we are not the same.
  • Ordo-Liberalism - A liberal who likes order.
  • Rockefeller Republicanism - Similar to above but even better.
  • Social Liberalism - You may be a liberal, but that new deal of yours is pretty cool.
  • Social Democracy - Based economic views but can you stop hanging out with Progressivism, please?
  • Nordic Model - Also too progressive. At least Jan Emmanuel is good.
  • Homoconservatism - I do not hate you. Really, I don't. But I just cannot condone your lifestyle. But you are still more than welcome to have dinner with the family.
  • Progressive Conservatism - You should focus more on tradition and less on progress. At least you tend to be less dogmatically free-market as compared to your "conservative" peers.
  • Liberal Conservatism - You're usually more of a liberal than a conservative and you have a tendency to trick TRUE conservatives into voting for all that free-market stuff without a consideration for tradition. Anyway, could be worse and you're a better alternative than the leftists.
  • Conservative Liberalism - We both like traditions and market but your laissez faire policies will corrupt our society with decadance Some of my anti-capitalist types are your enemies.
  • Libertarian Conservatism - Extremist version of above.
  • Capitalism - I like your markets and competition stuff but for the love of god, follow my regulations and pay your taxes! my type of anti-capitalism and my third position is your enemy.
  • Yellow Socialism - You're alright in some ways, but can you tone down the antisemitism?
  • Social Libertarianism - Ugh, progressive and libertarian. But you do propose welfare and some regulation, so not that bad after all.
  • Trumpism - Early in your campaign you promised cheaper healthcare and decent economic protections. Why didn't you follow up on that?
  • National Liberalism - We both liked Brexit. That's about it.
  • Right-Wing Populism - We have one or two things that overlap, but overall you're a mixed bag.
  • Neoconservatism - Thomas E. Dewey, PiS, Rick Santorum, among others expanded/supported the welfare state. but you should stop supporting neoliberalism.


  • Progressivism - Yeah, I don't like you and your performative activism. Darn hippie!
  • Neoliberalism - I remember back when I was the dominant ideology in the Tory Party, until you came in with all your privatization, ruining the post-war dream! I hate how you took over right-wing politics in the late twentieth century! Also, most of your followers are degenerate SJWs nowadays.
  • Pink Capitalism - Progressivism and unfettered capitalism, ugh!
  • Radicalism - Madness!
  • Jacobinism - First Red Terror!
  • Babouvism - How is each one of these ideologies so much worse than the last?
  • Marxism–Leninism - Bloody Tankie! Though I agree that some aspects of capitalism are degenerate, communism is an absolute abomination!
  • Maoism - Aren't you just Tankie again?
  • Juche - Madness!
  • Nazism - NO, JUST NO!
  • National Bolshevism - Are you not just that psycho again?
  • Libertarianism - Degenerate ultra-liberal who cares for no one but himself. And for the last time, I AM NOT! A! SOCIALIST!!
  • Korwinism & Reactionary Liberalism - MFs called me a "commie with a cross". I can be secular and actually divert support from commies.
  • Neoluddism - No! Not that Kaczynski!

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  3. "A Primrose Path, A Life of Ferdinand Lassalle" by David Footman, page 175.



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