Conservatism, Progressivism, and the Supreme Court

June 3, 2010

A friend’s (very concise) email:

This made me want to throw up:


My reply:

This brings to mind a meeting where we discussed the definition of Conservatism. In response to my somewhat weak attempt to define it another friend sent out some thoughts from John D Rockefeller, memorialized in stone at the eponymous Center.

As an extension of that discussion, we discussed the Supreme Court’s evolving set of definitions of rights. It was argued that this was a natural result of issues that can’t be found in the text of the Constitution, but nevertheless to which legal judgment must be applied.

I recall saying that such things are better left to the legislature.

In that vein George Will’s editorial may supply a useful context in which to continue the discussion.


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