“THE whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected.” — G.K. Chesterton.
The term “conservative” is morally vague and defensive, able to be used correctly for someone defending tradition for its own sake no matter how heinous.
The term “progressive” is great, until you ask towards what we should be progressing, then good luck on getting everyone to agree on the final destination.
The term “libertarian” also has its own cultural baggage, mostly having to do with an over-emphasis on self-interest, often at the expense of common sense.
And here is where one can begin to see the outlines of the modern political terminology problem:
- The libertarians are for Freedom for all, with no regard for responsibility or dignity. (Let’s call them the “Freedom At Any Cost” or “FAAC” party)
- The progressives emphasize Dignity for everyone lucky enough to get born, but couldn’t care less about freedom or responsibility. (They’re the “DAAC” party: “Dignity At Any Cost”)
- The conservatives consider Responsibility as the highest good, but will leave freedom and dignity behind at the drop of a hat. (Running this pattern into the ground, these are of the “RAAC” party)
We need a new political term.
Take the good aspects of conservatism, progressivism and libertarianism and put them in a more proactive, meaningful package.
covenantal (noun) — Having to do with a formal promise between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.
True Liberty is the tripartite harmony of Freedom, Responsibility & Dignity. When people have the freedom to make promises, take the responsibility for keeping their promises, thus maintaining the inherent dignity of themselves and others, a society is healthy and will persist & flourish.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” — John Adams
But a nation whose constituent individuals only work in their own self-interest eventually destroys itself. We are seeing this work itself out all around us today, as our culture and political parties liquefy before our eyes.
It’s time to build an ark. One that will take us safely to some new solid ground where we can begin to rebuild.
Come aboard and join us. Welcome to the Covenantal Libertarian Party.
[Cross-posted at Full Spectrum Politics.]