I agree. Nevertheless, "social conservatism" is generally regarded as a prominent aspect of conservatism, generally, and right-wing politics. Who doesn't want that? Apart from wannabe tyrants, no one wants a government that does more than is necessary. There are undoubtedly some people who abuse the system, but I've never seen any evidence that suggests this is a widespread problem. It's just another variant of the "welfare queen" myth. Also, tangentially--and this is not what you are referring to, but it's not wholly unrelated--there are those who object to public financing for study of disciplines they deem to be worthless or non-essential. Like, for instance, literature, philosophy, art history, music, etc. Just because the potential societal benefits of a discipline are not readily and immediately apparent does not make a subject "non-essential." In my experience it's generally been the other way 'round: the most privileged, the born rich, are the ones most apt to have such a viewpoint. Of course, it seldom translates to their actual behavioral practices, but that's another matter. This is another myth for which I've yet to see any evidence, apart from anecdotal. And why is "growth" such a wonderful thing? This "growth" seems to be largely responsible for this fuck-storm state the planet is presently in, which--spoiler!--is only going to get much, much worse. Call me an optimist, but the only real "solution" I see is global adoption of antinatalism or abandoning the planet altogether (for "the stars," I guess). Going back a bit: This one has always been a bit problematic for me. I'm all for paid maternity/paternity leave and so forth, yet at the same time... "incentivizing" breeders is the last thing we should be doing. I'd rather people be "rewarded" for vasectomies and tubal sterilization. Actually it'd be hunter-gatherers. Agrarian cultures historically have been anything but egalitarian. You know what I'm talking about though. People who complain about "profanity" only ever do so because they've got their panties in a bunch and they can't address the actual matter at hand. We live in a country where you can't say "shit" or "fuck" on network television, but you can show all sorts and manners of carnage and extreme violence. That's beyond ridiculous.