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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Kuyperian conservatism?

Joel Carter has a very interesting post on the basic liberalism of both Democrats and Republicans.

Fascinating. Since Terri Schiavo's brutal murder, I've been less and less comfortable with either political party and have started more and more questioning American democracy itself. I'm coming to the opinion that lawyers should never be allowed to become judges, legislators, or executives. I've also come to the conclusion that fiscal conservatism, while not incompatible with Christianity, is simply a commonsense measure that is not really a political or religious issue. It's sort of like not stabbing yourself in the eye with a knife - kind of obvious. But I'd been noticing more and more that even Republicans who are willing to listen to and fight for the things that moral conservatives want are not really on the same page with us. They want those things for the stability of society, and we want them for morality, whether they upset anybody or not.

I've been saying for about a year now that I can't agree with libertarianism because I agree with John Donne, that "no man is an island", while libertarians believe that every man is an island and you shouldn't be bothering yourself about what your neighbor is doing over on his island. It's none of your beeswax.

I'm increasingly convinced that the synthesis of moral conservatism and libertarian desire for fiscal conservatism is unstable; it allowed both of us to vote for the promisers of small government, but moral conservatives were hoping to regain the power to legislate moral behavior in areas now claimed by the Supreme Court, while libertarians wanted to make government small enough not to interfere with amoral behavior. The great divide is not between the "liberals" who want to force amorality on all and the "conservatives" who want to be able to make their own community choices, but between the vast majority who want freedom to act out whatever immoral fantasies don't seem to have directly destructive effect on society and the small minority of us who think that moral behavior is all that keeps the country from self-immolation.

I guess I'm leaning toward Kuyperian conservatism.

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