"The superior man is catholic and no partizan. The mean man is a partizan and not catholic." (君子周而不比、小人比而不周。) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV, translation by James Legge.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Rand Paul and Paleodom
W. James Antle III reviews a new book by Thomas Pauken which he calls "a call to arms for future Rand Pauls: conservatives who were frustrated by the fact that the federal government did not shrink during the Reagan administration or the Republican Revolution and that it grew under the second Bush presidency" — Conscience of a Paleoconservative. The book "isn't simply a libertarian treatise" as its author"worries about a coarsened, post-Christian culture," and "is similarly concerned about the erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base and the bursting of our bubble economy."
"Rand Paul is most closely connected, of course, to his father’s views," writes Daniel "Tory Anarchist" McCarthy; "But if that makes Rand a paleolibertarian, it doesn’t mean that he subscribes to some strict body of dogma" — Rand Paul and the Paleos. "To connect Rand Paul with paleoconservative thinkers is even more of a stretch."