Conservatives Shouldn’t Hate Government
Roger Scruton writes in First Things that “American conservatives need a positive view of government.” Conservatives typically believe that Rousseau was wrong about man being “born free” in a state of nature. It is only through our associations, like government, that we can become free. Scruton believes “ordinary Americans have a conception of government that is not only natural, but at variance with the liberal idea of the state as a redistributive machine. In attacking the liberal idea, conservatives should make clear that they are reaffirming a real and natural alternative. They are defending government as an expression in symbolic and authoritative forms of our deep accountability to each other.”
“The Good of Government,” by Roger Scruton. First Things, June 2014.
(House Reading Group, June 5, 2014)