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2014 March Archive

2014 March Archive

Roe v. Wade was not the galvanizing factor that brought Protestant Evangelicals into politics in opposition to abortion and to broader reproductive rights. Anti abortion politics was almost exclusively the realm of Northern Catholics, mostly Democrats, into the 80’s. Why would a Supreme Court decision in favor of something they generally supported change Protestants’ views on the matter? The answer is that it wouldn’t and it didn’t.

This shift in Protestant politics was a by product of new alliances inspired by a different controversy. Survivors’ guilt can be a terrible torment.wholesale nfl jerseys from china The deep conviction that you made it because you were more righteous than the worthless losers left behind in the ruins of Detroit must be a wonderful balm, though the odor is terrible.

A large majority of Americans, especially among the young, want libertarian social policies paired with a market capitalist economy that also delivers first class infrastructure, a robust social safety net and universal health insurance. We can satisfy those seemingly contradictory demands, but it will require us to step outside traditional ideological lines and weaken older political alliances.

Imagine if libertarians actually had to govern and face real world consequences. No more gold standard fantasies or relying on the hand waving magic of “perfect” markets that do not exist. The steadfast refusal of the political right in the US to turn their heads around and look honestly at the future is crippling our ability to shape that future. This is a new ballgame and we are wearing the wrong equipment. Increasingly, we are also wearing the wrong jerseys.

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