Reason or Faith Republicans

When focusing on the current discussion of fiscal conservatism and how much we should deviate or not at all. John Lewis joins the debate but more from a libertarian individualist standpoint. I have been arguing for a while that is it very hard to say that it is okay to regulate someone’s bedroom but not there wallet. The same line of thinking can be used in both instances. Here are a few of John Lewis’ points courtesy of Capitalism Magazine:

“The reason for the Republicans’ defeat is this simple fact: Over the past fifty years, they have ceased to be Republican in anything other than name. For two generations, Republican leaders have abandoned reason, individual rights, and freedom—the founding values of the American republic—in favor of religion, tradition, and “family values.” The Republicans’ tendency to coin terms such as “compassionate conservatism,” “neoconservatism,” and “big-government conservatism” is a consequence of their adherence to the sacrificial morality of religion, which, logically, demands an ever-widening welfare state.

Republicans want to be moral, which is a lofty goal, but under pressure of commandments to be selfless, they cannot defend the heart of free enterprise: the selfish pursuit of profit. Many Republicans admire successful businessmen for their productive success but grant them moral credit only when they give away their fortunes.

Because the Republicans’ embrace of altruism has rendered them unable to defend the profit motive, they have abandoned capitalism and accepted the legitimacy of every government program that redistributes money to those in need. The welfare state is the direct application of the morality of self-sacrifice to the realm of politics.”

Do you agree that religion and socialism go hand in hand in there rhetoric? I could definitely see this as true. The rest of this article is worth reading and is much to long to put on here. So should the parties be individualism versus collectivism instead of moral/free market versus profane/market interventionism? Is this why the free market policies are being diluted?

I think this very likely. You could imagine to keep their people happy they would often trade. Gay marriage for higher corporate regulations or something to that effect. That is the way politics work and the platform of individualism does not get you elected.

The rest is here.

~PCCapitalist

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  1. I think Ayn Rand had a lot to say about the need for a moral basis when defending capitalism. “Philosophy – who needs it” is a good book.

    //hpx

  2. […] Reason or Faith Republicans When focusing on the current discussion of fiscal conservatism and how much we should deviate or not at all. John Lewis joins the debate but more from a libertarian individualist standpoint. I have been arguing for a while that is it very hard to say that it is okay to regulate someone’s bedroom but not there wallet. The same line of thinking can be used in both instances. Here are a few of John Lewis’ points courtesy of Capitalism Magazine: “The reason for the Republicans’ defeat is this simple fact: Over the past fifty years, they have ceased to be Republican in anything other than name. For two generations, Republican leaders have abandoned reason, individual rights, and freedom—the founding values of the American republic—in favor of religion, tradition, and “family values.” The Republicans’ tendency to coin terms such as “compassionate conservatism,” “neoconservatism,” and “big-government conservatism” is a consequence of their adherence to the sacrificial morality of religion, which, logically, demands an ever-widening welfare state. … Republicans want to be moral, which is a lofty goal, but under pressure of commandments to be selfless, they cannot defend the heart of free enterprise: the selfish pursuit of profit. Many Republicans admire successful businessmen for their […] […]


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