Libertarianism and Christianity

Wretched_libertarianismIs libertarianism consistent with Christianity?

We know libertarianism and conservatism aren’t the same thing.

Libertarianism, to put it simply, is about limited government (which is good)…that is so limited that it doesn’t even seek to uphold the moral fiber (which is the glue) of society. Again, to put it simply, mainstream libertarianism is about keeping government out of your wallet and out of your moral decisions, period. If you want to do drugs, visit or peddle prostitution or sodomize whoever, that’s fine with mainstream libertarians–just don’t regulate me and stay out of my wallet when it comes tax time. Libertarianism rejects the big-government, big-tax philosophy of liberalism…but rejects social conservatism

Conservatism recognizes the need for limited government, and is kindred to libertarianism in rejecting government interference in the free market, in people’s morally neutral choices in their daily lives, and seeks to keep taxes as low as is necessary to pay for legitimate government functions. Conservatism also understands that public morality not only the glue that holds a society together in stability, but is the foundation that makes limited government possible. Family is the basic cornerstone of any society, providing a healthy and balanced environment for creating and raising the next generation of citizens; when this is undermined by premarital sex, abortion, licentiousness, homosexuality and the counterfeiting of marriage, the stability of society is undermined–and an unstable society ends up spending billions (and curtailing liberty) to deal with the problems created by an atmosphere of moral looseness.

Conservatism is based on the Christian worldview, and is the political and practical day-to-day philosophical expression of the Christian worldview.

Libertarianism is half-way right…but half-way wrong. For a healthy and productive society, we need both fiscal and social conservatism to make it work..

Woodrow Wilcox

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • thisoldspouse

    We, in the western world, live under a penal legal system, which, in brief, means that all conduct is permitted by default unless an act or omission is prohibited by a specific law. That is the rational system, one which bolsters true liberty, and repudiates tyranny.

    But this is the point at which libertarianism and conservatism diverge. It is not possible to address every permutation of every situation that would conceivably occur in society to enact laws against what would be determined bad behavior. This would entail an endless, unmanageable library of laws and guides to their implementation. Therefore, an underlying fabric of unwritten moral code is required - an established, common culture which repudiates the undesirable, though legal, behavior and encourages the good. Such a strong culture, rooted in a tradition of morality, such as Christianity, needs relatively few laws to ensure domestic tranquility and security of life and property. We once possessed this system, and vestiges of it still remain, but the vast moral capital of a once deeply-rooted culture are all but expended now. Ironically, it will soon be the despisers of such a foundational culture who will reap the deadly whirlwind of its absence.