Friday, January 13, 2012

Conservatism is not Consumerism

There is a good post here and follow up here on the Daily Beast. The point being made is a crucial one that needs more attention. George Will represents many conservatives who fail to appreciate an irony in their philosophy. As they cheer for more fracking and more consumption in general, they champion bigger technical systems that in turn require big government to regulate. The irony is even deeper - all this consumption is the very opposite of conservation. So, conservatism somehow now means immoderate consumption, less self-reliance, and more government?

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