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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

soliton2 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 8:27 AM
I think the founders also recognized that natural right and natural law arose out of western civilization, and are inextricable from Christian thought and tradition. I presume you speak of the English enlightenment, not the French enlightenment, which was a disaster.
Tacitus X Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 11:14 AM
Not quite. As Enlightenment thinkers they held that rights are inherent in human beings and inalienable, not that they "arose out of western civilization" The Enlightenment represented the overthrow of theocracy, and advocated reason, individual rights, and freedom as primary values of society rather than faith and obedience to authority. As corollaries, this included the establishment of a contractual basis of rights, the free market, the scientific method, religious tolerance, and the organization of states into self-governing republics through democratic means. That's what I mean.
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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