Thursday, August 30, 2007

Liberal and Conservative

National Review's Jonah Goldberg hits a beautifully balanced comparison:

Conservatives value economic liberty and moral security,
while the liberal values economic security and moral liberty.

The John Locke Foundation's Mitch Kokai expands it to explain that libertarians prefer liberty in both the moral and the economic spheres, hence their uneasy alliance with the conservative movement, depending on which aspect the conservative emphasizes.

I suppose there is another alternative, those who desire security in both spheres. Maybe that's the domain of the true international socialist of the Stalin/Mao variety -- for all their official godlessness, Communist governments are known for a certain prudity of morality.

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