Calling all Thinkers
Is conservatism a “life style”? Former candidate for Congress and Tea Party activist David Larsen thinks so. Since he made his statement, there has been a lot of discussion here at CNJ about it. Is Larsen right? If so, does that make Michael Oakeshott wrong?
Oakeshott was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s favorite philosopher. In a column earlier today, Molly Leibowitz quoted Oakeshott thus: “It is not at all inconsistent to be conservative in respect of government and radical in respect of almost every other activity.”
Oakshott appears to be saying that conservatism is a political attitude towards the role of government, period. This runs contrary to those conservatives who believe that conservative political theory is linked with a Christian identity.
What do you think?
Can you be conservative and gay? Are some conservatives pro-life, while others are pro-choice on abortion? Do you have to believe in God to be a conservative, or can an atheist be a conservative too? How about people who are divorced or promiscuous or who make frequent use of drugs or alcohol? Could they be called conservative? Is it a “life style” or a political attitude towards government?
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