Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fusionism

"The notion that the political alliance between libertarians and conservatives is contingent and inherently unstable has become a cliché, and a tiresome one at that, usually made by persons who have little understanding of either libertarianism or conservatism," begins Edward Feser in this 2001 essay — What Libertarianism Isn’t.

"It is worthwhile, then, to set the record straight and understand why... libertarianism is by no means hostile to traditional morality – and indeed, why it ought to be solidly supportive of it," says Prof. Feser. In examining the "five sorts of argument for libertarianism," he concludes, "None... plausibly supports the idea that libertarianism is incompatible with a strongly traditionalist moral outlook."

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