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What is the Future of Conservatism?

Troglodite Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 4:58 PM
At 10:58, I read that "Republicans must form a fiscally conservative - socially liberal coalition with the libertarians if they wish to defeat socialism." Instead, how about libertarians forming a fiscally and socially conservative coalition with Republicans if they wish to defeat socialism? (The real extent of the GOP's social conservatism is debatable, but let that pass for now.) If liberalism is the common enemy, libertarians should be as willing to make concessions for the common cause as they expect conservatives to be. Yet, they are not. Why? Perhaps because, when all is said and done, the social issues where they agree with the liberals are more important to them than the economic ones where they agree with conservatives.
Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:33 PM
You are parsing my words a little too carefully.

The implication is not that Republicans will instantaneously become libertine social agnostics, and not that libertarians will suddenly accept overweening, freedom-limiting social policy. But it's possible that each group will continue to fail in national elections unless they find a common ground that produces winning numbers of voters. And even that coalition may not work unless the fiscally conservative - socially liberal model attracts independents and unhappy Democrats.

Where else are Republicans and/or conservatives and/or RINOs and/or libertarians going to turn for help? To the Greens? Naderites? Dixiecrats? Communists? Truthers?

I DON'T FALL IN LOVE with politicians – the last presidential candidate I voted for with ardor was Ronald Reagan in 1980 – and my heart doesn't break when those I support don't win. Nor am I a party loyalist. As a conservative I vote for Republicans more often than not; for those of us committed to free enterprise, limited government, military strength, and a healthy civil society, there is usually no better option. But the Republican Party isn't the conservative movement. And a GOP defeat doesn't mean conservatism – or the GOP, for that matter – is in crisis.

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