Archive for the ‘Liberty’ Category

“Conservatives” vs. Conservatism

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/14/2008

“Conservatives” at the rotting head of the GOP may be in crisis but Conservatism as a body of thought is doing just fine say Mark at Protestant Pontifications. I liked this bit:

just as a poorly carried out experiment doesn’t discredit science, so is conservatism not discredited by conservative-in-name-only politicians failing to live up to the traditional principles of their party.

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Ron Paul For President

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/02/2008

David Beito makes the case.

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The Return of Whig History

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/26/2007

Let’s start with the acknowledgement that Whig history was often better than much of what replaced it. Michael Knox Beran argues Whig history has a lot more going for it than even that. Worth quoting:

Friedrich Hayek laid the groundwork for the Whig revival in his 1960 book The Constitution of Liberty, a spirited defense of the Whig interpretation of history. “It was the ideals of the English Whigs,” Hayek wrote, “that inspired what later came to be known as the liberal movement in the whole of Europe, and that provided the conceptions that the American colonists carried with them and which guided them in their struggle for independence and in the establishment of their constitution.” Friedrich Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960), 408.

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Why Did Libertarians Support The Iraq War?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/26/2007

Bryan Caplan has an open thread.

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Human Events on Michael Gerson’s _Heroic Liberalism_ (oops .. make that “Heroic Conservatism”)

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/20/2007

Don’t miss this one.

It looks like the conservative push-back against the Bush Republicans is under way.


Gerson credits “Roman Catholic social thought” with influencing his compassionate conservatism. But that doesn’t mean a whole lot, as he seems to be referring to tendentious interpretations of papal encyclicals from scholars who mistake big-government policy prescriptions for Roman Catholic social thought. Gerson gives lip service to the “principle of subsidiarity” articulated by the Catholic tradition but seems oblivious to the myriad ways his pet causes violate it. They all seem to involve the federal government doing what states, localities, and the people can and should be doing for themselves (and won’t start doing as long as the federal government keeps growing.)

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The Case Against Michael Gerson’s “Conservatism”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/20/2007

Matt Kibbe unloads:

They say you can tell the measure of a man by the company keeps, and if that’s so, Gerson’s political heroes ought to cause skepticism amongst conservatives. On a recent Hardball appearance, he spoke approvingly of Franklin Roosevelt, the man who bears most historical responsibility for our current government bloat. Gerson also said that his first political hero was Jimmy Carter. At other times, he has waxed lovingly about the pleasures of hanging out in the pseudo-revolutionary company of coffee shops that idolize left-wing icons, like Che Guevera. Meanwhile, he derides Freidrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. What’s next? Friedman and Goldwater replaced with Keynes and Marx? Gerson’s disdain for conservatism’s ideological forefathers is blatant, and he seems to be inventing his own conservative canon as he goes along.

And indeed, he wants to reinvent the entire idea of conservative politics and what it should stand for. Gerson wants to transform conservatism into a vehicle for emotional and spiritual uplift. He writes that a necessary component of presidential politics is a “vision of justice and hope that includes the whole country,” and warmly refers to his favorite left wing coffee shop as spreading “the brush fires of suburban radicalism.” He worries that the conservative movement’s “emphasis on spending restraint and limited government … [is] hardly morally inspiring.”

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Is Limited Government A Lost Cause?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/08/2007

William Voegeli on the conservative movement and the fight against Big Government. One of the better reads I’ve seen recently.

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Václav on Václav

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/21/2007

Václav Havel on Czech President and former Prime Minister Václav Klaus. Quotable:

Klaus, inconspicuously but systematically, worked at being perceived, at home and abroad, as the father of the radical Czech economic reforms. He was not entirely the direct author of these reforms— they were created rather by people like Tomás Jezek, Dusan Trìska,[3] Václav Vales, and several others—but he really was their most energetic defender, and I would say that it was Klaus who most aggressively pushed them through. And that was certainly to his great credit, which in my opinion is in no way diminished by the various mistakes, flaws, or shortcomings of those reforms. He was simply someone who could push anything through, though often his partners agreed with him only so they wouldn’t have to go on listening to him. It would have been very difficult at the time not to include in the government someone with the reputation of being the “father of the economic reforms.”

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Ike Attacked Goldwater on Civil Rights

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/11/2007


Ike feared that the Party of Lincoln might be abandoned by African-American voters. He complained to Governor William Scranton after Barry Goldwater voted against the 1964 Civil Right Act. He told Scranton that Goldwater’s vote made him “sick” and that he feared the party will become a “white supremacist party.”

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The Ability to Execute An Exit

Posted by PrestoPundit on 03/28/2007

One reason private enterprise has a huge advantage over government enterprise. Quotable:

Koch is the CEO of Koch Industries Inc., one of the best-performing firms in American history. Koch Industries is the largest private company in the country with businesses in minerals, energy, financial services and consumer goods. It brings in over $90 billion in revenues and has over 85,000 employees around the world ..

In his book Koch provides a list of over 40 businesses they exited, from pizza dough to tennis court surfaces to air quality consulting. It is clear that Koch’s management is proud of its ability to identify areas they should exit and take the steps to do so. Exit is often a painful and difficult process and there are significant obstacles to its realization – sentiment, bureaucracy, loss of business vision. But exit is nonetheless crucial for success.

More on Koch and his book here.

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