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Should these be considered diametrically opposed worldviews, or simply two sides of the same coin?
Russell Kirk would certainly agree that “libertarians” (or as Hayek prefers to call them “liberals,” in the classic sense) and “conservatives” are not the same thing.
However Frank Meyer‘s “fusionism,” suggests that traditional American conservatism and “classical liberalism”/”libertarianism” are but two sides to the same coin.
What traditional conservatives want to conserve, is the liberty that the classical liberals love, and the American society that made that liberty possible. That liberty, though, does not exist in a vacuum, and can only exist if the people and society are conducive towards it. That natural virtue that allowed America to keep its freedom for so long is something that can only grow organically from society, and can pop into existence neither through sheer lack of government nor through government dictate. Once that is gone, it can not be replaced. A working society requires limits, either they come from within, or it must be imposed. The brilliance of America lies in the fact that society was capable of self-regulation without government imposition, such that liberty could thrive.
Culture, norms, mores, folkways, &c. are important and must be fought for and protected, but it can only be done OUTSIDE the realm of coercie government. Society, generally speaking, must be allowed to regulate itself. Above all else, the government should not be given the tools to destroy that culture the allowed liberty to thrive. Continue reading
Thirteen years ago today, America was attacked. Never forget the victims who died, and those who fought back.
In Pace , Requiescat.
“That the subjects… may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law”
- The English Bill of Rights.
Nigel Farage, of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), gave an interview where he made a sane and rational statement: “I think the ban on handguns is ludicrous.”
Unsurprisingly, some freedom-hating Brits think this is a scary idea:
While she sees an indictment. We see a bit of sanity starting to show up.
“You said ‘Rape’ Twice” — Hedley LaMarr
“I like Rape” — Planned Parenthood’s unofficial pet gimp.
Planned Parenthood is all aflutter about rape. Why, they take it so seriously, they slander a paraplegic in order to get their candidate elected Governor of Texas:
Of course there is some rape they are totes cool with:
“A Planned Parenthood counselor in Arizona intentionally miscoded a sexual assault as a consensual encounter to avoid the ‘hassle’ of reporting it to authorities, months before other victims came forward to stop an alleged 18-year-old serial sex predator, a police report reveals.”
And yes, this seems to be a habit of theirs.