Thursday, May 04, 2006

Liberty is the answer, not government!

An interesting perspective by Lew Rockwell...

The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one’s soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America.

Obviously, there are those conservatives who agree entirely with this position and are true friends of liberty, but any governmental philosophy, no matter the name, that adheres to what Rockwell rejects above is clearly not compatible with individual liberty, free markets, and ultimately non-intervention by government.