Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Challenging Liberalism

This is why I like to read Oz Conservative:

It's no use, therefore, simply supporting conservatism or conservative parties as they are. If we're serious about challenging liberalism, the first thing we have to do is to return to a clear point of distinction between conservatism and liberalism.

In other words, we have to answer this question: what political beliefs would make someone a principled conservative rather than just another member of the liberal orthodoxy?

I'd suggest the following. First, a principled conservative would want people to be free as they are really constituted, namely as men and women, as members of distinct communities and traditions, and as moral beings. He would not accept the liberal idea that we are made free through a radical autonomy in which we self-create who we are.

As they say, go read the rest. Good stuff.

I would contend that if conservatives want to be conservatives, they have to create their own community, their own academia, their own culture.

Without it, conservatives are a bunch of atomized individuals with no influence, no matter how many of them there are.