by Brad Nelson 2/10/14
Apparently, conservative leadership is still possible. Samuel Gregg has an article (Finally, a Conservative Leader) at The American Spectator about the supposedly conservative (I’m always skeptical) Tony Abbot, Australia’s new Prime Minister. By the description in the article, he seems to be the real deal. He’s not a global warming true believer, for instance. And he’s not apparently for big bail-outs.
Here’s a good quote from the article:
Abbott has also long understood that conservative governments can’t treat cultural issues as the orphans of their policy agenda. He’s never hidden his belief that Western civilization is generally a very good thing — particularly its Anglosphere component. Nor have Abbott’s views on social issues ever won him applause from the left. On these and other subjects, Abbott has stressed he’s never been impressed by the “inevitability” argument that’s invariably trotted out by progressivists as they try to stream-roll their preferred objectives. That suggests Abbott isn’t likely to fall for the trap which John Stuart Mill proposed as the best way to transform conservatives into liberals: i.e., you convince conservatives that a liberal position is actually a conservative view.
One feels quite sure that if National Review has an Australian office, they were backing this man’s liberal opponent.
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