A Conservative Cult?
Joe Carter responds to my post on Hayek and Health Care and owns it like Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nails. The only minor disagreement I have with Joe is the notion that the cult of personality on the Right is “becoming the mirror image of the political Left” – a handful of die-hard Obama-ites aside, the cult of personality on the Right now is far, far more rigid than anything I’ve seen in my 31 years on the Left. Beyond that, Joe says better than I ever could a whole bunch of things that I’ve been trying to say for a long while. Especially this:
This lack of reflection about how foundational views mesh is one of the most significant failings of the modern right. During the Cold War-era people who held incompatible views—such as libertarianism and social conservatism—embraced a limited form of “fusionism” in order to provide a united front against a common enemy—communism.
Today, the common enemy is liberalism and the fusionism occurs not between disparate groups but within an individual. People who would laugh at the absurdity of a “Christian Muslim” seem not to recognize the similar incongruity between being a follower of Christ and an acolyte of Ayn Rand.
UPDATE: See also Steven Hayward in the Washington Post. Hayward covers almost exactly the same ground as Joe, although I think Joe’s piece is better-written.