"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A Conservative for Liberalism

Joseph Bottum writes, in the current edition of The Weekly Standard, of liberalism in the sense I have been advocating the word should be used:

"The Naked Public Square was one of the seminal books for the modern conservative movement. But it was also a deeply liberal book--at least as liberalism used to be understood. Expounding a tradition of liberal political thought about religion that runs from George Washington's 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island, through Tocqueville's observations of the young republic, and down to Reinhold Niebuhr's political theology, Neuhaus understood how the attempt to strip the public square derives, at last, from a disdain for the richness of life--a distaste for the democracy of difference, the clash and mingle of real human beings."

Read the full article here.

5 comments:

Tlaloc said...

Question:
Why exactly would you want to create a Christian Christmas display in a public space?
I mean what purpose does it serve for you? If the point is not to convert others then why not simply celebrate in your homes or otherwise on your property?

S. T. Karnick said...

For the same reason you would place any other display on any public space: to communicate.—STK

Paul Cella said...

But even the older, saner Liberalism was simply unwilling to follow its own logic. It made more exceptions, but they were unprincipled exceptions.

Tlaloc said...

"For the same reason you would place any other display on any public space: to communicate.—STK"

Communicate what exactly? Do you think there'd be some who didn't realize it was Christmas time?

S. T. Karnick said...

I think it best if you just think about what it might be intended to communicate. See if you can figure it out.—STK