Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Reality Check For Social Conservatives

The American Conservative's Daniel McCarthy, a.k.a. the Tory Anarchist, has one — Why the Right Can’t Win the Gay Marriage Fight.

Mr. McCarthy reminds us that "the traditional world—the Christian civilization to which social conservatives look as their ideal—has already given way to something radically new, leaving traditionalists with a choice between modern alternatives of left and right, neither of which is wholly in accord with the old values." He notes that "social conservatives... have made enough concessions to the reality of political life in 21st-century America—to the principle of legal equality and the need for some nondiscrimination law—that they’re left making largely unsympathetic and unconvincing arguments for exceptions."

He counsels so-cons to "throw their full electoral weight behind the libertarian principle of tolerance even for intolerance as the only viable alternative to a futile authoritarianism or outright surrender to liberalism. From libertarians," he continues, "they might also take the lesson that just because something is enshrined in law does not mean it has thereby acquired a higher moral status."

Steven Greenhut's five-year-old "thought experiment about privatizing marriage" gives the libertarian argument — Get the State Out of Marriage.

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Blogger 박태민 마태오 said...

The libertarian position might be the safest one, but it might be difficult to get the state out of the marriage business, as Lydia McGrew points out over at What's Wrong with the World: http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2012/01/why_the_government_should_be_i.html

April 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM  

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