Francis Fukuyama on American Conservatism
An interesting article
at Opinion Journal on the American brand of conservative thought. He touches mainly on how what we call conservative is known in Europe as a liberal.
If one definition of a conservative is a defender of the status quo, then it is safe to say that American conservatives (a k a classical liberals) have never been this type of creature. This is true both in economics and in politics. Free-market competition is, in Schumpeter's words, a process of "creative destruction." Market competition means the relentless promotion of technological innovation and entrepreneurship, which brings in its train turmoil and social change. Globalization is intensely threatening to vested interests because it destroys jobs and livelihoods even as it creates new wealth and opportunity. Those who want to slow down or reverse globalization in the name of protecting the environment or defending the rights of workers are in fact taking a conservative position of opposing potentially progressive change--even though we think of antiglobalization activists as being on the left.
He also makes some intersting points about the Bush administration's foreign policy which are worth noting. Give it a read.
Victor Davis Hanson
He has a new piece
up at National Review Online. He styles it a reminder of why we are fighting this war on terrorism. It's a collection of answers to questions about why we're fighting, who our enemy is, and when there will be peace again.