Tuesday, November 6, 2012
"One of the odder aspects of present-day politics is the assumption that if you are antiwar you are on the left, and if you are conservative you are 'pro-war.' Like labeling conservative states red and liberal states blue, this is an inversion of historical practice." So begins William S. Lind's most recent article over at The American Conservative: Why Conservatives Hate War. As Lind points out, conservatives like Robert Taft and Edmund Burke have traditionally opposed war for all but defensive reasons because of war's corrosive effects on culture, human life, and the idea of limited government. Lind's perspective is a welcome one. A national strong defense is a conservative principle, but war for the sake of Empire, war for the sake of war, is not.