Conservative Politics and the Human Condition
April 5, 2007 5 Comments
Marvin Olasky’s column this week (“How Some Conservatives Hurt Conservatism”) discusses how some folk utterly committed to capitalism can actually hurt the system they hold dear, a sample:
Some Americans devoted to free enterprise and lower taxes actually push policies and lead lives that push this country toward big government. Leftists who want a centralization of power bear sizeable responsibility for governmental growth. But conservatives who don’t understand the importance of religious and community institutions are also part of the problem.
Capitalism’s aim, as far as I understand it, is to accumulate wealth. This is not a bad thing all onto itself, so long as that wealth is used to aid (in a “teach-a-man-to fish” way) those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Of course when a capitalist who cares little for the suffering of his fellow man (this seems to be the natural inclination of human beings) hoards what he makes this can have adverse consequences in the society such as ours, as Olasky points out:
The politics of this are simple: If Americans have a choice between big government and small government, and if Americans think big government helps the poor and small government doesn’t, a crucial mass will often vote for big government. If Americans think the only way to work together on social problems is through government, most will prefer government to giving up.
All in all, another well-written piece by Dr. Olasky (he gets extra points for dropping Nekulturny in the column)