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Wealth & Poverty Review Should Libertarians Be Conservatives?

Over the last few weeks, Public Discourse has been running a terrific series on libertarianism and conservatism. The connection between moral and social issues and economic issues is a running thread in Indivisible, so I’ve been following the series closely.
My own contribution to the series ran last week. I argue that the strong philosophical distinction between conservatism and libertarianism is largely confined to wonks and intellectuals, whereas ordinary conservative legislators and voters tend not to see any contradiction between, say, free trade and the pro-life cause. But what should conservatives say to the “everyman libertarian” who thinks that the pro-life and pro-marriage causes violate the conservative commitment to limited government and individual rights?

I argue that we can make the case for protecting unborn life and conjugal marriage on the basis of limited government and individual rights, without recourse to any narrowly religious assumptions. Read the whole thing here.

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow, Assistant Research Professor, Executive Editor
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.