Thursday, June 15, 2006

Conservatism vs. Capitalism

Apparently, conservatives are supposed to think this is a bad thing: a transportation "supercorridor" linking Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Those who disagree, according to Paul Cella, "falsely understand [themselves] to be Conservative but [are] really just Capitalist." For those who followed the Crunchy Con "debate" at NRO, this is a familiar tack for those on the right who are deeply distrustful of the free market. I'm no Randian, but I'll say this: if conservatism requires that I oppose a superhighway that will boost trade and economically benefit this country, therefore limiting the economic freedom of individuals and businesses, then people like Paul Cella and Rod Dreher can have the conservative label, and I'll gladly take capitalist.

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