Excellent article on liberalism vs. conservatism


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Preacherman
May 28, 2005, 01:06 PM
In yesterday's Wall Street Journal online opinion columns, there's an excellent article dealing with the past fifty or sixty years of liberalism vs. conservatism, focusing on charitable issues, but going far beyond them into background, focus and results. It's definitely related to RKBA issues, in the sense that the different perspectives on the RKBA by these "sides" can be readily understood in the context of the background this article provides.

It's long, but well worth reading if you're interested in this sort of thing. See here (http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006723) for the article. Enjoy!

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gc70
May 28, 2005, 02:49 PM
Excellent article - thanks for sharing.

CarlS
May 28, 2005, 04:24 PM
Very good; thanks for the link, Preacherman.

taliv
May 28, 2005, 05:56 PM
What the neoconservatives understood was that neither the intellectuals' dislike for capitalism nor their penchant for socialism was a function of economic analysis. By the mid-1970s, the economic promise of socialism was dead; it was obvious to everyone that socialist economies could not even feed their own people. What attracted liberal intellectuals to socialism was something else: mainly, the idea of community, which they contrasted invidiously to the individualism and competition of a market society.

Thus, as Mr. Kristol and others argued, an effective defense of capitalism required a defense of the cultural assumptions on which a commercial civilization is based. It had to be shown that free societies encouraged values far superior to anything that socialism could deliver.


a friend of mine once said "occasionally opinions change as reality rears her ugly head and goes so far as to show she also has bad breath"

AZRickD
May 29, 2005, 12:44 AM
www.opinonjournal.com is my start-up page. I read it from front to back every day.

Rick

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