Skip to comments.Are Conservatives Soul-Searching in the Wrong Places?
Posted on 01/09/2020 12:40:13 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A brutal business climate and societal breakdown have brought major changes to America. In response, many Americans, especially conservatives, are soul searching for something more compassionate for those left behind. Unfortunately, they are looking in the most unlikely places: business and government. They will likely be searching for a long time.
The controversy over this shift in mentality erupted with the publication of a Wall Street Journal advertisement in which major firms pledge a commitment to stakeholder capitalism, which holds businesses should be run having all society, not just shareholders, in mind. Sen. Marco Rubios (R-Fla.) stirred the pot with his recent speech at Catholic University, where he explored what he called common-good capitalism.
The thesis is that the modern American economy does not care for everyone. It falls short by concentrating only on return on investment to shareholders. Businesses need to think in terms of more general obligations to workers and communitystakeholders in the overall economy. Since business cannot provide for all social needs, state systems must also be put in place. The soul-searchers say it is time to admit that the federal government might indeed have a role in helping those left behind.
Challenging the Conservative Orthodoxy
Such thinking is especially hard for conservatives to accept. It challenges the reigning orthodoxy that has long held to low taxation, decreased federal spending, scrapping socialist government meddling and regulation, and free and fair markets as a means of providing for the common good. The movement maintains a Reaganesque distrust of government and a rightful distaste for its eternal programs. The libertarian right relegates the solving of most problems to markets.
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Moral Absolutes PING?
More government intervention means erosion of rights. Government should not adopt parental roles. It was never meant to be that. It was meant to foster an environment where opportunities exist so people can survive and grow with additional responsibilities.
True conservatism would labor to restore the primacy of the man-woman marriage and nuclear family, not replace it with government offices.
It is not “compassionate” to rob others to preform what you personally consider “good” acts
Rather then rob consumers and workers with higher prices and lower wages, to turn around and perform feel good public relations stunts, Corporations can provide the best goods at the best prices paying good wages to it workers while providing safe healthy work environments.
They should not be interjecting themselves into areas of public policy that are completely outside their areas of responsibility and competence
. . . and get the government’s a$$ out of healthcare TODAY. All they do is sabotage it even more and do not reign in the power of insurance companies.
My mom used to say there's nobody holier than a reformed whore.
Free market capitalism is the greatest producer of prosperity for the economic system as whole, and produces the greatest increase in real wealth for the average worker. It also is the system that is most compatible with rational metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics. Feelings of pity and guilt are not reason to change what works.
Sounds like a push for powerful government while presuming 9needong the meme) that we’re all “soul-searching” for ways to make life easy for deadbeats and illegals...
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