Sometimes fewer words are better words. Krugman nails it in this brief post on the real driving force behind modern US conservatism:
There’s a strand of thought — I identify it especially with Corey Robin, although he’s not alone — that says that conservatism isn’t really about the things it claims to be about. It isn’t really about free markets and moral values; it’s about authority — the authority of bosses over workers, of men over women, of whites over Those People.
In a democracy Those People are We the People and therein lays a big problem for conservatives in the US. By definition the top of the pyramid has far fewer people in it than the bottom. The bottom votes, ergo conservatives would lose most of the time even with voter suppression and the whole works. But they have a natural alley in religion. Religion in general is conservatism on steroids and that’s why the two fit like a glove. And that’s why a very special kind of religion, authoritarian dominionist decrees against women and minorities and science reconceived in the south during slavery, is so ascendant in the GOP today.