Under The Sun

Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Conservatism and libertarianism.

From the linked article by Julia Magnet: "What Stillman notices in Barcelona is that irresponsible politics and irresponsible sexual behavior spring from the same ideology." Irresponsible morality, too. Conservatives are not wrong to see a link between social/political radicalism and moral radicalism. The question is where, not whether, the battle line is to be drawn.

The answer is: at morality ("you should not"), not at politics ("you may not") or society ("you must not"). The latter battles can't be won. "Freedom creates civil society. Political compulsion destroys it." That's why libertarianism is the only path to a healthy society, no matter what one's personal definition of social health may be.

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