Weekly Friday Posts

August 2, 2019

The conservative conserves both ancient and modern wisdom.  What happens, then, when ancient and modern wisdom conflict?  As I attempted to show in Part 2, the ancients viewed liberty as a balance between freedom from external forces and internal restraints upon our passions.  They did not believe the individual was truly “free” if, having been set free from all external authorities, they became enslaved to their animalistic instincts.  It w...

July 26, 2019

Prior to classical liberalism, people living in Western societies were largely enslaved to the arbitrary powers of church and state.  Preferring order to anarchy, nation-states developed complex power structures where authority was divvyed between unelected and unaccountable monarchs and the priestly class.  This does not mean that all those in authority abused their power; but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine instances in which abuses transpired....

July 19, 2019

Years ago, comedian and director Woody Allen had the legendary conservative icon William F. Buckley on his TV show.  The audience was invited to ask questions of either of them when someone asked: “Mr. Allen, in your terms, what does liberal mean?”  Woody Allen responded:

“Liberal [pause] well, you’ve got me on this [another pause] I, um, if—let me—if a girl will neck with me, she’s liberal.  If Mr. Buckley will neck with me, he’s very libera...

July 12, 2019

In Part 1, I tried to show how comparing and contrasting conservatism with liberalism is far more challenging than first meets the eye.  This is partially due to the difficulty in nailing down what we mean by “liberal”.  There are two variations of liberalism: progressives and Lockean or classical liberals.

In the parlance of our times, progressives are what we might call Leftists.  Progressives are concerned with equality and social justice...

July 5, 2019

When I shared with a friend that I was thinking about doing a series on how conservatism differs from liberalism they responded that should be easy enough since conservatism and liberalism were exact opposites.

If only.

Actually, the only true “opposite” to conservatism would be radicalism since where one aims to conserve while the other aims to demolish and what they aim to conserver/demolish is based entirely on the context of time, place, and cu...

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Liberty has never been in a more precarious predicament.  As the Left sees a resurgence in socialism the Right is experiencing a rise in populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism.  Once the champions of conservative values, the Republican party is devolving into a group of self-serving career politicians with some even seeking to replace conservatism with blatant bigotry and reactionary fear.

 

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