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America’s Fatal Conceit

Troglodite Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 5:11 PM
In case someone goes throught the drivel looking for serious thoughts, here is one. Though Hayek was famous for writing an essay about "Why I Am Not a Conservative," 19th century liberals, libertarians, and conservatives do agree that it is a "fatal conceit" that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes." Human beings, being who and what they are, generally have not the wisdom to undertake over-great designs and not the character to wield the power necessary even to attempt such designs. The conservative answer is to leave things alone and to operate, as much as possible, on the basis of those historical practices of a people which have stood the test of time and experience.
Troglodite Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 5:22 PM
The libertarian says to leave things alone and allow people to make their own choices, as long as the Lockean triad of life, liberty, and property is respected. The conservative thinks about the "general welfare" a bit more expansively, but insists on the Constitution (and its limitations of the powers of the central government) as one of those inheritances which has stood the test of experience. In practice, at least the paleo-conservative and the 19th century liberal will agree on the importance both of the Constitution and of the "bourgeois virtues" which are required to sustain it. Both will agree that those who have lost these virtues have proven easy prey for peddlers of the "fatal conceit."

This year’s presidential election was a history-altering event for America. The nation chose, for its future, a course in diametric opposition to the core principles on which it was founded.

The reelection of President Barack Obama is the result of a wide-spread rejection of individual liberty in favor of a virulent strain of collectivism that seeks a more expansive role for central planning by the federal government and, ultimately, will liquefy America’s traditional, once indomitable, liberty-centric institutions.

One can reasonably question why the Obama’s reelection reflects even worse judgment on the part of the American people than their initial decision...