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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

sahlberg Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 8:56 AM
I think you have it backwards. The growth of the state in both Europe and the US (economic liberalism) preceded the massive growth of social liberalism we see now. As people came to rely more and more on government, they naturally relied less and less on God or themselves. Until economic conservatives achieve some measure of success in shrinking government, social liberalism will continue to be dominant. Social conservatives need to understand that their ideas will never gain ground while economic liberalism is on the throne. The good news is that economic liberalism is unsustainable. The question is, "Is it possible to shrink government by political means or will it only happen through a total economic collapse?"
Marie150 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 9:03 AM
By nature a tsunami will wipe economic liberalism off the map for a while. It is just like gravity. There is no way to play JENGA with our economy and think it will not fall down.
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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