Conservatism vs. Libertarianism

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer

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The following is a brief, incomplete response to Conservatism being a superior political theory than that of Libertarianism.  I can say that I don’t agree with all aspects or branches of Libertarianism but compared to the so called “conservative” party that practices so called “conservatism”, I’ll take libertarianism.  I hope to post more in depth articles in the near future concerning both.  

I disagree that conservatism in todays political scene has the same purpose and intent as the Founders. Most people in this country can’t tell you who the Founders are much less what they stood for. Conservatism, I believe, has such a broad definition, that it is a hard sell in your argument for being the theory best representing the Founders. And lets not forget that political parties change over time and that the Democrats or Republicans of early history are different from those of today. I think the best theory that best represents the purposes of government as set out by the founders is Constitutionalism. Constitutionalism is a branch of Libertarian Conservatism, so maybe I do agree with your argument for conservatism if given a specific enough definition. Honestly I hate getting caught up in definitions and terminology. I believe in individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government. Just as the Founding Fathers believed in.

Ronald Reagan stated, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

The source of this conversation and follow on comments are at NotesFromBabel

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