May 31, 2003

CONSERVATIVISM IN WOODEN SHOES?

New government in The Netherlands (Radio Netherlands Wereldomroep, 6/1/2003, via PoliticalTheory.info)
Prime Minister Balkenende said, for instance, that we have to discuss norms and values. At first everybody laughed, but then people said: 'He has a point. There is senseless violence in society. And of course the government has to uphold the law, but we have to do something ourselves, too. We have to go back to the ideas of responsibility, social cohesion, social trust.'

We can recognize both the mocking spirit of fashionable liberalism and the good sense of conservatism. Perhaps there is hope for Europe. Posted by Paul Jaminet at May 31, 2003 9:13 AM
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