Last week I told a few home truths to the ‘modern’ socially liberal Conservatives. I argued that their social liberalism was contributing to the large state they claim to oppose.
I pointed at that in some private matters they were picking out the plums of the feminist revolution that suited them personally, while leaving the duff behind. So it was a delight, an absolute delight, to read this excellent piece in the National Review by the great Jonah Goldberg.
Mr Goldberg attended the Liberty conference held by the CPS, and confirmed what I have long suspected: Conservatives do not see themselves as socially conservative. He informs us, “when talking about politics, many of the same Brits would cavalierly mention that they don’t care about “social issues”, or that social issues aren’t relevant in British politics”.
Mr Goldberg used the word cavalier – I said such people were selfish and smug. I felt a bit smug myself, I must admit, to have my suspicions confirmed from across the pond via the information super highway. Very smug indeed.
I leave you to read the piece in full – and really every libertarian, fake Conservative should print it out and nail it their wall – as Mr Goldberg sets out why the family is just key to conservatives and why it is so important to support it if you want a small state.
He points out that, “progressives of all labels have had their eye on the family. It is the state’s greatest competition” and “the family is the truest island of separateness. In the Life of Julia (Barack Obama’s seminal campaign video) the State is her family.”
Crucially, Mr Goldberg points out that, “Democrats have a huge (electoral) advantage among single women. Married women recognize that the government can never be a family.”
Mr Goldberg argues that support for capitalism is part of the Anglo-US cultural heritage and, as that heritage is passed down through cultural institutions such as the family, if you no longer have independent families, support for capitalism will diminish. Are we listening yet libertarian capitalist? If you want future generations to support capitalism then support the family!
Finally, Mr Goldberg also argues: “Anyway, I guess my point is that when I hear people say they don’t care about social issues but they worry about a loss of “civilization confidence,” creeping socialism, and the rest, I just wonder if they’re not part of the problem.”
Unlike Mr Goldberg, I do not wonder. People who don’t care about social issues are part of the problem. And the sooner they realise this the better.