Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Times: All change: the Right knows it's wrong

Times: All change: the Right knows it's wrong

"All across the globe, conservatives can see the need for radical moves because the old attractive policies are not working."

article by Daniel Finkelstein

The Right needs to change. Conservative parties need to move away from an obsession with small government towards an acceptance of progressive social policy.

I used to be an hardline Right-winger. While I am still committed to moral values and free-market economics, I dont believe there is a viable future for traditional conservatism. I am a Modernizing Conservative.

8 comments:

Palm boy said...

I don't believe this is true, or the traditional conservatives are ready to crumble politically.
Free markets work very well, and are the most efficient means of distrubuting reasources.
Governments work inefficiently, and require a burdensome payment from society.

If that simple concept was driven home, we wouldn't be having all these issues.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I agree with you to a large extent.

However, at least in this country, there is a huge demand from the public for government to provide extensive public services. It is not clear that market forces can effectively provide all of rhe services that the public want.

God Bless

Matt

Jim said...

Matthew, don't you see the progression? We are on the steady path towards Socialism, which almost identical to Communism has the State being the benefactor and provider of all needs.

That is where truly unfettered democracy (without a limited govt. and rule of law) will lead.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, I dont know about the USA adn Canada, but here in the UK we came much closer to Socialism in the Sixties and Seventies with major involvement of the State in the economy.

It did not lead to Communism because we found that it ruined our economy.

Since the Eighties, both the Right and the Centre Left have recognised the importance of a free-market economy.

However, the public still has an expectation that quality public services are made available to them.

The Labour party under Tony Blair came to find that market forces could play a role in providing public services. To an extent, the Conservatives can encourage that development.

Yet the Right cannot realistically advocate 'small government' without departing radically from what the public desires and to a large exten, depends upon.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Jim said...

"Yet the Right cannot realistically advocate 'small government' without departing radically from what the public desires and to a large exten, depends upon."

I totally agree! People will naturally be inclined to receive free handouts. In fact even Israel cried out, "Give us a king".

Human goverment is a failure...and will one day be replaced by the King of kings and Lord of lords. Then righteousness will truly reign!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

"Human goverment is a failure...and will one day be replaced by the King of kings and Lord of lords. Then righteousness will truly reign!"

Amen.

But in the meantime we might want to think about which politicians we will support and vote for.

God Bless

Matthew

Palm boy said...

The political climates in the States and in the UK are quiet different, and you have a point about what the public wants.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

What a reasonable comment. You must be taking notes from Rose~.

I think if I became an American citizen (who knows!) I would be in an interesting position.

While my stance on some domestic issues might be closer to the Democrats, I do not think I could bring myself to voting for the more left-wing party.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matt