Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Fusionism - Birth Of The Conservatarian?

Kenneth Sibler suggests three reasons why the GOP could be moved more towards freedom and further away from authoritarianism. This is something that needs to happen.

1) The extremes cannot hold. Both conservatism and libertarianism have manifestations that are -- deservedly -- at the margins of American political life. A libertarian extreme is "anarchocapitalism," which seeks to eliminate all government on the evidence-free theory that a peaceful, market-based society would result. Conservative extremism at present tends toward the theocratic; in the past, racists and paranoid anti-Communists hovered more visibly on conservatism's fringes. National Review played a crucial role in separating extremist groups such as the John Birch Society from respectable conservatism. Exclusion, as well as inclusion, is a necessary element of fusionism.

2) The center has changed. Moderate Republicanism was once characterized by the fiscal profligacy of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Today, it is exemplified more by the budget-cutting of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Among the Democrats, opposition to budget deficits and support for welfare reform were the Clinton-era hallmarks of moderation. Centrist politics gradually has become more amenable to limited-government ideas. This raises the possibility of using center-right coalitions to enact policies compatible with fusionism.

3) Liberalism has become more authoritarian. The traditional liberal emphasis on civil liberties and social permissiveness increasingly has been overshadowed by impulses toward safety, sensitivity or stasis. Campus speech codes and anti-pornography measures are now considered liberal causes. Liberal advocacy of stem-cell research coexists uneasily with liberal fears about genetic engineering. Political movements are often defined, in substantial part, by what they are against; and thus fusionism is likely to gain momentum as it combats liberalism's tendencies toward authoritarianism.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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