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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

amirvish Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 9:03 AM
I agree with the spirit of this article but not the specifics: values are indivisible and economic/political freedom does require moral values. Those values can be derived rationally and in most cases will look like traditional, religious-based ones. Some libertarians recognize this; others don't. But, if conservatives base their argument for values on "it's God's word" or "it's in the Bible" instead of "it's true - objectively and rationally - they will convince no one. Even the Founders acknowledged that the Constitution was written based on rational truths, not revelation.
For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives.

This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America -- because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones.

By "social conservatism," I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity -- liberty, "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum."

It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist on the left. One...

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