3 libertarian takeaways from South Park season 20 (SPOILERZ)
, by Joseph Kast, 14 Dec 2016
Discusses the themes of the 20th season of "South Park", in particular the issues of free speech and online anonymity, groupthink and the dangers of traditionalism
"As Hayek says in his famous essay 'Why I Am Not a Conservative':
[Conservatism] cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance.
Here Hayek is drawing out the traditionalist strand of conservatism."
, by Joseph Sobran
, The Reactionary Utopian
, 31 Aug 2006
Discusses how the Republican Party and conservatism became associated with militarism and war
"Briefly, conservatism is a more or less articulate sense of normality ... Conservatism can tolerate many abnormal things that can't be eliminated from human society, but it doesn't call them 'rights' or confuse them with normal things. And, after all, few things are more abnormal than war. So today's alleged conservatives (and especially the misnamed 'neoconservatives') are aberrations."
On Evil Acts
, by Lew Rockwell
, Mises Daily
, 19 Apr 2007
In the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, contrasts the typical mainstream and conservative responses to such acts of violence and suggests a third way
"Life is, at its core, brutal and shocking. People are depraved in every way, whether they show it or not. This is the thinking of the group generally known as conservatives. And what do they suggest? That we always and everywhere prepare for total war. Whether we are speaking of Virginia Tech or international politics, society must be armed to the teeth and people must be relentlessly roughed up and scared straight, or else society crumbles."
The Power of Persuasion
, by Jeff Riggenbach
, Mises Daily
, 20 May 2011
Historical account of the Persuasion
magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
"Conservatives certainly didn't oppose the draft, either then or later. 'What is important to the Liberal,' William F. Buckley Jr., perhaps the most famous American conservative of all time, had written in 1959 in his book Up from Liberalism, 'is that there be choice; whereas to the conservative, what is important is, What choices will man, whose first choice was so catastrophic, go on making?' If, for example, 'man' should not choose to 'serve his country' by marching off to war ... well, then, he should be forced to do so. He should be conscripted. He should be drafted."
The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America
by William Henry Longton (editor), Ronald Lora (editor), 1999