Chuck is definitely staking out his territory to run for the CP (edit: Constitution Party) nomination. And he is sounding more paleo all the time.
I think this is a bit overstated, but it is clearly not the free-market triumphalism that has been associated with the conservative movement in the past. This would have caused him to be branded a total heretic 20 years ago or less.
This is great true article.
I’ve always said that the big business corporate elites are the problem with the republican party.
I believe in a free market until it interferes with american soveriegnty and until big business corporate elites abuse it.
White middle class economic policy.
America first, fight to win or don’t fight at all foriegn policy.
White traditional values social policy.
I don’t understand Filmer’s comment. Chuck is staking out the territory to run for the CP, he says. Does he mean the Communist Party? But, he says, Chuck is sounding more and more paleo all the time. Huh?! Does Filmer really believe paleo-conservatives are communists?
Sorry David. CP = Constitution Party. Baldwin is likely going to seek the nomination of that party, and I will gladly support him if Ron Paul (or Tancredo) is not the GOP nominee. I do think the article is a bit overstated and could be misread and used against him.
I will edit the above comment so it doesn’t confuse people.
Excellent article! Yes, the free market is only good in so far as it serves America’s interests. By America I mean the nation not the state. (This distinguishes me from state capitalists who wish to use government power to violate property rights in order to maximise productivity.)
The latest issue of Chronicles speaks on leisure being necessary for culture. And a recent article in American Conservative mentions how nations have social and environmental capital that is often overlooked.
Conservatives need to look inwards and realise that greed isn’t good; there’s more to life than pursuing personal pleasures, and the free market doesn’t magically solve all problems. We’re Christians and we have our families, communities, and nation to look after. I’ll throw in “strangers can’t be trusted” for good measure, but with that I must go.
To be fair: the Lew Rockwell response would seem to be that without government involvement, big business wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve never understood how they could believe this though.
Globalism, fueled by international corporations, is bringing about the same results envisioned by Trotsky: no borders, mass immigration, a global state, etc.
Pre-Cold War, conservatives were extremely skeptical of capitalism. Then, in the war against communism, they defended capitalism (the right thing to do) but eventually became apologists for its worst aspects.
It’s time once again for conservatives to be skeptical of the excesses of capitalism and especially of globalism.
“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.” – Me
Of course there are disgruntled union workers who hope to exploit war fever to boost their wages at the expense of American consumers. These are the folks for whom all the anti-Chinese protectionists are fronting in one way or another. Their target is the desire of American consumers to buy quality products at cheap prices. What they want are tariffs, which is to say taxes, on imports from countries that threaten their monopoly position.
And speaking of Buchanan, if he wants to be an antiwar candidate, to say nothing of an anti-sanctions candidate, he needs to defect from war partyâ€™s party line on China. As it is, he is whooping it up with the worst of them.
The rule that should govern relations with China is simple: In line with the framers, trade relations with all countries ought to be permanently normal.
And there should never be any new taxes on foreign goods. To be against free trade with China, or any other country, is to support an aggressive foreign policy that robs Americans and increases hostility abroad. Weâ€™ve had enough of both.
In Marxian style, they demonize all supporters of the PNTR as whores turning tricks in exchange for corporate contributions.
When you hear about shoddy products coming from China or wheat poorly processed, imagine millions in famine, with parents swapping children to eat in order to stay alive. And what do China’s critics today recommend? More control by the government. Don’t tell me that we’ve learned anything from history. We don’t even know enough about history to learn from it.
He’s a capitalist fundamentalist as someone said at another site. The world is not in a battle between Christianity and false religions or among nations and civilisations struggling to survive and expand but between the free market and tyranny.
I guess any alien group seems odd. Heh, perhaps in some way I’m similarly ideologically blinded by nihilism v. traditionalism (with Christianity as the true religion) and West v. world.
China wants to buy and sell more goods. The more we do so, the more we further Chinaâ€™s stunning capitalist economic revolution, and benefit ourselves. Are we really supposed to treat China today as the GOP treated Nicaragua back then? Recall that the goal of the Kristol crowd in those days was a military invasion of Nicaragua. The conflict in that tiny country ended when the Sandinistas held an election, lost, and left office.
The more I read, the more I laugh. He’s as crazy as the neocons.
Reg. second to last part of my response: I’m in favor of subsidiarity, and I’m opposed to expanding the West. However, I am in favour of spreading Christianity peacefully and in favour of helping the West to thrive within its territory.
Reg. last part of my response: we should have stayed out of Nicaragua, but staying out of both foreign and domestic matters is not the solution. Foreign affairs should be mostly avoided, but if leaders don’t guide a nation it will grow corrupt.
Free trade with China won’t magically improve both America and China. In fact it seems to be corrupting both in some ways. Communist misrule is not the only alternative, and Rockwell is simply setting up a straw man to be knocked down by portraying it as such.
Bill Buckley once said the only thing wrong with capitalism is other capitalists. I believe capialism yes, we all do. But we must retain a healthy skepticism of capitalism because markets can destroy as easily as they can create. Big business, big government, big labor, the military-industrial complex, what do they all have in common? They’re all big. The U.S. was founded in revolt against the massive British Empire yet we have lost that sense that small is beautiful. The Goldwater campaign was funded in large part by small and medium sized manufacturing companies, not GM or U.S. Steel. Conservatives must remember their roots. That’s the whole point.