Arthur Brooks, at The Wall Street Journal suggests that thereâ€™s a bit of a culture war going on about the future of capitalism. The headline suggests that â€œThe Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism â€œ
There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But itâ€™s not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise â€” the principle at the core of American culture.
I dare suggest Brooks in this quote, has this exactly backward. Heâ€™s pointing at a symptom and labeling at the root cause. Not that I blame him, really. Itâ€™s been so long since weâ€™ve dealt with things on the level of principle that even the more learned among us get it garbled in translation.
I agree with Arthur that this is a war that is cultural in its nature. However, the war over capitalism, as he calls it, is part of the war on culture because capitalism in its truest sense can only exist in a free society, which is a culturally generated condition. It is the product of a particular variety of culture thatâ€¦ (at least until recently)â€¦ we here in these United States have been blessed with. What I am suggesting is that the principle at the core of the American culture is in fact freedom, of which capitalism is a product.
While it is true that there are a few places in the communist world, China for example, where capitalism raises its head in some form, it is diluted in the extreme. It is in fact, capitalism in name only. Alas in the view of many, a goodly number of which were out on the front lines of the tea party protests last month, that kind of weak as dishwater capitalism, capitalism in name only, is the [...]
Youâ€™re going to hear quite a bit from the left over â€˜the death of conservatismâ€™ over the next few weeks. But theyâ€™ve got it wrong. I say, what weâ€™ve got is the death of compromised conservatism as espoused by George W Bush, his father, GHW Bush, and by more recently, John McCain.
This morning, we see a post from Helen Valois at Renew America, who calls this â€˜conservative conservatismâ€™. I can quibble with the name she chooses, but not her meaningâ€¦
What is conservative conservatism? It is a commitment to playing a good defense (or rather â€” except for the one, brief, shining moment of Governor Palinâ€™s acceptance speech â€” a pretty flawed defense) when your opponents have gone decisively on the offensive. It is that which John McCain quintessentially represents â€” the recalcitrant[...]