September 21, 2019

THE POINT BEING, THE rIGHT HATES AMERICA:

Right-wing authoritarians don't understand the moral case for America (Casey Given, September 21, 2019, Washington Examiner)

Whereas the Right in most of the world is ideologically rooted in much of the same tribalist and socialist traditions that we despise on the Left, American conservatism has historically offered a rare exception. For centuries, the American Right has stood up for the right of individuals and communities to foster their own moral order, rather than hand over unchecked authority to distant kings, be them London royals in 1776 or Washington bureaucrats in 2019.

This beautiful tradition is exactly what has made so many Americans prosperous and happy, and to abandon it would be a tragedy of historical proportions.

Indeed, it's disturbing how eager Ahmari and his fellow Catholic traditionalists are to eliminate the so-called neutral public commons, considering that Catholicism owes its prevalence in America today to the religious freedom that a neutral public common guaranteed. Catholic immigrants faced deep discrimination throughout most of American history, so much so that an entire political party, the Know Nothings, were formed primarily to oppose them.

Editorial cartoons depicted Catholics as failing to assimilate because of their supposed foreign allegiance to Rome. If Protestant populists with Ahmari's zeal for eliminating the neutral commons had taken power in early American history, Catholics like he and I would be second-class citizens, as religious minorities in much of the world are today.

Rather, it is precisely the individual liberties and neutrality of the commons enshrined in the Constitution that has allowed Americans of all colors and creeds to flourish.

Too often, we forget the fact that despite the political divisions that the nation faces today, we still live in one of the most diverse, wealthy, and peaceful societies the world has ever seen, thanks to the combination of capitalism and classical liberalism. This is the exception, not the norm, of human history. In Suicide of the West, Jonah Goldberg called it "the miracle."

We should think hard before radically re-adjusting the formula as Ahmari proposes.

Certainly, there are other ways to order society, as seen around the world. However, a recurring theme throughout most of them is political tribalism and economic socialism.

Much of the European Right, for example, is defined by big-government policies and ethnic hostility. 

They are European.

Posted by at September 21, 2019 10:07 AM

  

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