National Conservatism’s Ominous Economics

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“National conservatism is objectionable on many counts — the name in itself tells you that — but it does pay tribute to free enterprise. A closer look, however, may cause one to doubt its commitment. The movement’s official Statement of Principles [states] … ‘[T]he free market cannot be absolute.’ … The existence of individuals is not denied, but their interests (as they conceive them) are subordinate to something called national interest. Individuals do not exist for their own sake. Therefore, every consideration is to be passed through the national interest filter. At bottom, then, national conservatism is a collectivist project.” (09/02/22)