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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Conservative Does Not Mean 'Pro Big Business'

"So on the Right, I think we too often fall into the trap of defending big business on the grounds of free enterprise, when big businesses are often not particularly concerned with free enterprise themselves. I find it difficult to defend businesses as bastions of capitalism when they show no reluctance to shake down taxpayers for all matter of subsidies.

Also, I think conservatives let their admirable attraction to ideas distract them from other sources of change. Many conservatives like to blame all of our modern ills on those horrible ideas that escaped German laboratories at the beginning of the 20th century and then mutated in French cafés. And while I think nihilism, moral relativism, existentialism, etc. have had serious consequences for society, it’s impossible to deny that the automobile, birth control pill and the telephone have done more to unsettle traditional arrangements than anything Heidegger ever wrote or said. The problem is that it’s easy to argue with Heidegger (or his writing); it’s really hard to argue with a Buick."
- Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online's Editor-at-Large

I am seeing an eerie silence from my big guns on the right over this bankruptcy reform issue. So, while I am 100% excited that the Schumer amendment was smashed, I am not excited about the bill at all. The silence of the right in general gives me a...yucky feeling about it.


  • Sometimes labels don't work very well. Conservative may not mean 'pro big business', but in today's world, Republican certainly does.

    To be fair, I'm not sure it would be much different if the White House, both chambers of congress and the court system were all ruled by Democrats. It would be someone different, at least by flavor, but absolute power corrupts and the guys in power now are as corrupt as I've seen.

    By Blogger Mark, at 3/09/2005 06:04:00 PM  

  • Hammer,

    You are so right; Big Business is against competition, the bedrock of capitalism.

    Mark is half right. Some Republicans are for the small business owners, but I don't know of any Democrats who support any causes not backed by Big Money.

    By Blogger David M. Smith, at 3/10/2005 02:28:00 PM  

  • Is there any position to any debate that doesn't have big money backing it up? Maybe one or two populist positions.... I don't know.

    Basically, if you're looking for it you'll find big money pushing every conceivable agenda.

    By Blogger Mark, at 3/13/2005 05:53:00 PM  

  • I don't think school choice has big money backing it up - only because there is no centralized organization that would benefit. Of course there is a well-funded and influential organization opposing it...

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 3/16/2005 03:50:00 PM  

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