Saturday, February 2, 2013

Libertarians and Conservatives

Spokane Orations links to audio of "a fascinating discussion about political theory between paleolibertarian Frank Meyer and paleoconservative Richard M. Weaver" — Frank Meyer and Richard Weaver discuss conservatism and libertarianism. In an earlier post, our blogging colleague links to a "piece from the late Robert Nisbet" and observes that "[l]ibertarianism yearns for a world of maximum individual freedom, freedom without restraint, while conservatism seeks a world of security and order" — "Conservatives and Libertarians: Uneasy Cousins".

This blogger would argue that the idea that "[l]ibertarianism yearns for a world of maximum individual freedom, freedom without restraint," may be held by left-libertarians, right-libertarians hold that religion and societal norms are a better way to bring about a "world of security and order" than the mailed fist of the State. Of course, the libertarian approach will be a less perfect approach to the creation of a virtuous society, if by perfection you mean locking up all the unvirtuous. Freedom is scary, but it is what God gave us.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for the links! Much appreciated as always.

Your comment about libertarian concepts of social order are interesting, but the problem with that libertarian vision is that social order has to be reinforced by law if it is to be effective. Even contracts, which most libertarian theorists envision as the primary vehicle to create binding obligations between parties, only have force because they are upheld by the law. Freedom is a good, but it is not the ultimate good. Without order, freedom is useless. Our Founders understood this, which is why they did not seek to create a policy based on freedom, but rather on ordered liberty.

February 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM  

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