Past couple of posts have been my comments on local – and very heated – politics. Taking a short break from that, I’d like to address something of great encouragement to all advocates of liberty – the alignment of conservatism and libertarianism.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a republican candidate form at a Norman public library. Mr. Ewbank, Mr. Brogdon, and Mr. Moody were there, along with other speakers who all spoke very well.
All the republican candidates, conservatives by our standards, cast support to the idea of decriminalization of marijuana.
Now remember, this should never be the most important topic. It shouldn’t be the thing we go out and vote on. But it is, in a way, symbolic.
I noticed, in a small way, conservatism is evolving. Evolving from what I call the contradictory conservatism of decades past. The conservatism which advocates freedom but still seeks to regulate activities within the home. The conservatism which advocates for low public spending but still seeks to spend excessively on defense. Evolving slowly into the conservatism of reason, one that deals with contradictions and handles them in a reasonable manner.
A conservatism which does not legislate on what it likes and what it does not like, a conservatism which does not legislate personal morals, but instead legislates based on the idea that you are free to do as you please so long as it’s effects do not reach others. The greatest (true) compromise.
If the republican party were smart (and I speak as an outsider, personally I think political parties are harmful to freedom) it would embrace this evolution. Will they? The republican establishment wants nothing more than to loose, it seems, so likely not, not for a very long time.
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