The reason that Conservatism is "pro-family" is because no ideology can ultimately be defined in purely negative terms. It is not enough to say that we oppose big government, because to oppose anything is necessarily to advocate whatever must exist in it's place. In this case that is not simply "the individual". American economist Milton Friedman once said "We tend to talk about an individualist society, but it really isn't, it's a family society. And the greatest incentives of all, the incentives that have really driven people on, have largely been the incentives of family." No free society has ever existed that was constituted primarily of individuals pursuing their own interests as isolated individuals It is stable, successful families, and communities of families, that make a free society possible. The only real world alternative to a society built upon the state, is a society built upon the family.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Not Funny, But a Good Quote of the Day...
Seriously, this isn't a funny thing, but it felt important enough to share (via AoSHQ). I've long been searching for a way to elucidate my feelings about libertarianism and conservatism and this seems to do it far better than I ever could: