8/17/2004

Conservatism vs Republicanism

I've thrown down a gauntlet of sorts at Red State, asking whether Alan Keyes' support of reparations is compatible with conservative values (which I share).

The problem is perhaps exemplified by Red State's own title: Collaborative "Republicanism". The soul of the GOP is conservativism, not blind loyalty - though slavish devotion to the Party at the expense of principle certainly gives a new twist to the meaning of the words "Red State."

I hope the other Red Staters denounce Keyes, but I don't think it's that likely. If not, then there's a problem that needs fixing on the right - one that will get much worse before it gets better, especially in the likelier and likelier event of a Kerry win this November.

And that is a bad thing. We need a healthy Right. Just as we need a healthy Left. But I'm not the first to note how the fringe element, marginalized on the Left, has invaded the mainstream Right in recent years...

4 comments:

Oscar said...

Aziz,

I missed the gauntlet on Red State, but I agree with you. I wonder where they got Alan Keyes, did they think being black was all it took?

On the other hand I always like the reparations thing was a cool idea: These folks ancestors were captured by African or Arab slavers. So they should try to get their reparations from the Saudis or Nigeria, or maybe the Sudan. Why blame the descendents of people who unknowingly bought stolen property??

Conrad said...

And that is a bad thing. We need a healthy Right. Just as we need a healthy Left. But I'm not the first to note how the fringe element, marginalized on the Left, has invaded the mainstream Right in recent years...No doubt this is true and is a sensible sentiment. On the other hand I can�t help feeling a little bit aggreived about this � I mean we have nough problems on our side of the political divide amongst ourselves and maintaining coherence, which doesn�t really do us any favours at election time, unlike our colleagues on the Right. Now it isn�t enough that we have to deal with our own whack jobs, we have to deal with those on the opposite camp as well. I mean what are we going to do next, walk on water? Turn wine into (good quality) beer? The mind boggles.

Aziz Poonawalla said...

Conrad, what Im trying to do is articulate a political foundation that is orthogonal to the current Us vs Them. I want "conservatives" and "liberals" who are moderate and rational and open to debate to be "Us". I want all the radicals to be "Them".

What I really need to do is launcha new website, maybe Scoop-based, that caters to this community in my mind. If I build it, will they come?

Conrad said...

Well, I suppose I am the wrong person to be advising you on this since I would be close to the �radical� end of the spectrum than the �moderate�. Still I think one of the main difference between the Left and the Right lies in what you outlined in your post; there is a marked divergence over the willingness to confront the extremes and you assume that the internal dialogue and restraints that exist on this side will appeal for the Right as well. I have my doubts as to this since I can�t see many real benefits or even a real willingness to engage in such a confrontation; one of the reasons behind the better electoral performance of the Right I assume.

Re the community, I have to admire your commitment, Family man, full time workload, blog and you want to run another site. If you can spare the time and energy it is worth a shot, but from everything I have seen I wouldn�t expect too much