The one real achievement that conservatives can point to in the last fifty years is winning the Cold War. But did conservatives really win the Cold War? I would suggest that the Cold War was won by liberals, and that it represented yet another defeat for conservatives. Conservatives lost because as usual they were fighting the wrong war in the wrong place against the wrong enemy.
The real enemy was not the Soviet Union. Do not misunderstand me. I am no admirer of Soviet communism. But the real enemy was not the Soviet Union, it was the enemy within - liberalism. It was liberalism that sought to destroy everything worthwhile in western civilisation. The end of the Cold War strengthened liberalism enormously.
In fact the end of the Cold War was the best thing that could ever have happened for liberals. As long as the Soviet Union existed its existence served as a rallying point for conservatives, and it served as a dire warning of the realities of socialism. We have now seen several generations grow up in the West who have no idea what totalitarianism is really like. They have no clue what it means to lose freedom. Liberals are now imposing a creeping soft totalitarianism on all of us because people today have no notion that totalitarianism might be a bad thing. They do not see a problem in imposing political ideologies by coercion and bullying. They do not see a problem in stigmatising dissent as Thought Crime and then banning it.
And what does the West look like today, after our “victory” in the Cold War? A society overrun with drugs, pornography, sexual perversion and violence. A society that measures everything by money. A society riddled with irrational guilt, bent on self-destruction. We have the freedom to do anything we want to do, except think for ourselves or express our opinions. We have prosperity, or at least we’re told we do. In reality that prosperity is based largely on debt. We have nothing of real value because we do not know how to measure real value - if we cannot put a monetary value on something we regard it as worthless.
We have lots of bread and lots of circuses.
Maybe winning the Cold War wasn’t such a great thing after all?