The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity

The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity

The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity

The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity

Synopsis

In an effort to create a risk-free society, our government has put regulations & entitlement programs ahead of sound planning, with disastrous results. Challenges the assumption that liberals have a monopoly on compassion. The true measure of compassion lies not in the intensity of emotion but in the public good that accompanies an act.

Excerpt

After half a century of watching the proliferation of government programs, the American people are questioning whether government truly has, as liberal politicians claim, the wherewithal to provide the cure for society's ills. That questioning has afforded conservatives a prime opportunity to dispel a myth that has been perpetrated across the national political spectrum for decades: the myth that liberal political policy is inherently more compassionate and altruistic than conservative social and economic policy.

The purveyors of that myth have taken advantage of a common presupposition that cultural values are somehow antithetical to economic achievement. This opposition is, in fact, quite false. Democratic capitalism has been history's best weapon against poverty, oppression, and tyranny. Free markets have generated an environment in which an unrivaled number of men and women have been able to attain for themselves an unparalleled standard of living. As economist Joseph Schumpeter once observed, "The capitalists' achievement does not consist in providing silk stockings for queens, but in bringing them within reach of factory girls."

Compassion administered through the state on the other hand, though it may provide basic needs to many, can eventually . . .

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