May 21, 2009

NOT A PHILOSOPHY, JUST A REACTION:

REVIEW: of THE FUTURE OF ­LIBERALISM by Alan Wolfe (Theo Anderson, Spring 2009, Wilson Quarterly)

Wolfe believes ­that anti­statism has become a dysfunctional dogma among conservatives. Its logical outcome was put on full display by Hurricane Katrina, which tested the ­idea—­one of conservatism’s first ­principles—­that private charities and local governments are best suited to delivering relief and supporting communities. The disastrous aftermath of the storm, and the failures of government at all levels, he writes, “should therefore be viewed as a decisive event in the history of political philosophy, at least as far as the United States is concerned.”

It may well be possible to base your political philosophy on the idea that we need a state so massive that it is prepared for every occurrence, no matter how rare, and that we should have one that is prepared to cover all your losses even if you build below sea level in a hurricane corridor, but you won't get very far with it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2009 11:22 AM
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