Kim has a great post on the lack of actual conservativism in “conservative” politics, and suggests a few basic ground rules:
Axiom #1: All capital (i.e. money) belongs to the indivudals who earn it, and not to the State.
This seems to me so self-evident that I hardly know how to explain it. Suffice it to say that in countries where capital has been considered the property of the State, those countries have generally collapsed, and been saved only by other countries where capital is not the property of the State.
It gets better. Go forth, and read.