Can Libertarians Be Conservatives?
A discussion of the article “Can Conservatives Be Libertarians?” by Gerard Casey. Several mischaracterizations of libertarianism are answered. How Reformed libertarians value tradition and liberty in contrast with progressive liberalism is clarified, with reference to an essay by Friedrich Hayek. Also mentioned is the relation between liberty and civil justice.
“Can Conservatives Be Libertarians?” by Gerard Casey [Audio] [Chapter]
|02:59||Why this article is important for Reformed libertarians|
|04:12||Popular story about tradition vs Cambodia|
|06:55||We should evaluate and value tradition as a heuristic and as wisdom according to normative standards|
|09:15||The example of marriage and family life.
Civil government interference is destructive, despite best intentions
|12:05||Friedrich Hayek’s “Freedom, Reason, and Tradition”|
|12:37||“Autonomous self” statist-progressivist liberalism not an outgrowth of classical liberalism, contra (among others) Deneen and Koyzis|
|13:46||Property right and non-aggression is key.
Libertarianism is not libertine-ism, and does not entail condoning or otherwise supporting immorality.
|15:12||Libertarianism is also the key to religious liberty|
|16:03||Moral action must be free.
Liberty is not the highest value, principle, or end in life as such.
Rather, civil justice is the leading norm for civil governance, and so liberty (in the sense of non-aggression) as one’s right is at issue.
|19:40||Only by maintaining the non-aggression principle can we best promote a moral and overall flourishing society to God’s glory|
Further Resources Mentioned
See Gerard Casey’s book Libertarian Anarchy
And his article “Meddling In Other Men’s Affairs”
Also hear Norman Horn on “How Libertarianism Differs From Other Political Movements”