Twenty-first century contrariness vs John Locke & classical liberalism. Peter Berkowitz @hooverinst



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Twenty-first century contrariness vs John Locke & classical liberalism. Peter Berkowitz @hooverinst

To Haivry, vice president of the Herzl Institute, a research center in Jerusalem, and Hazony, its president, the villains are classical liberalism and its founding father, John Locke. The authors seek to rescue the movement by setting forth “a strong and intellectually capable conservatism” that is “utterly opposed” to Lockean liberalism.

The heroes of the authors’ one true conservatism are the 15th-century English jurist Sir John Fortescue and even more the 17th-century English jurist John Selden, both of whom wrote important works of political thought. The tradition, according to the authors, includes Richard Hooker, Sir Edward Coke, Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, George Washington, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton.

Haivry and Hazony identify five principles of the one true conservatism. First, “the authority of government derives from constitutional traditions known, through the long historical experience of a given nation, to offer stability, well-being, and freedom.” Second, peoples—and their political possibilities—are shaped by “different constitutional and religious traditions.” Third, in the Anglo-American tradition, “the state upholds and honors the biblical God and religious practices common to the nation.” Fourth, executive power—whether that of king or president— “is limited by the laws of the nation” and “by the representatives of the people,” who must consent to the laws. Fifth, “the security of the individual’s life and property is mandated by God as the basis for a society that is both peaceful and prosperous” while “the ability of the nation to seek truth and conduct sound policy” is secured by freedom of speech which, along with other “fundamental rights and liberties,” is protected by law.

Jun 28, 12:00 AM
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Mackie2 - 3 months ago

One Nation under God, not ruled by God but using God's existence as our guide post, the idea of the good, the just, Etc. that Plato and Socrates, for example explored is best understood with the Christian God as our guide post. Plato seems to have thought it was okay for the intellectually superior to abuse the intellectually inferior by not allowing them to reproduce. Man can not be trusted to rule without God, fairly . We need God John, to reach our best full potential as humans.