Thursday, April 14, 2005

Coming and going

The Gods themselves have an excellent post on conservative twisting of the notion of "responsibility" as the flipside of liberal twisting of the notion of "rights".

The error in both cases stems from their shared collectivist values.

The contradiction of modern conservatism is that it believes in freedom and individualism but only as a means to serve the collective. Listen to most conservative politicians talk about tax cuts, or de-regulation, and the justification is almost always that it will increase economic growth allowing for more spending on social programs. In more crude terms, fattening the cattle.