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Friday, June 20, 2008

Dinesh D'Souza on morality

In my view, the great intellectual challenge facing conservatives is to make the case for morality at a time when many in the West have ceased to believe in an external moral order. The decline of belief in such an order is the most important political development of the past two centuries. Indeed, this decline has created the "crisis of the West." This crisis is simply not one of the "death of God." Rather, as Friedrich Nietzsche predicted, if religion withers away, so does morality. The reason is that religion is the primary source of morality, and therefore morality cannot long survive the decay of religion.

What is the liberal response to this decline of morality? To welcome it, in the name of freedom. That was Nietzsche's response as well. Liberals, like Nietzsche, speak about creating "new values." Some liberals even dream about creating a "new man" free from the traditional impediments of human nature. The liberal commune, based on shared possessions and free love, is one such social experiment. The Nazis and the Communists also tried to create new men and new values, with less benign results.

Conservatives recognize that efforts to change human nature and invent new values are both foolish and dangerous. Conservatives accept human nature for what it is, and are cautious about schemes to alter it. More-over, conservatives prefer to stand by old values while recognizing that they need to be adapted to new circumstances. Our challenge, different from that of conservatives in the past, is to articulate reasons for those values to a society that has lost its moral compass.

(Dinesh D'Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative [New York, NY: Basic Books, 2005], 110-111)

4 Comments:

Blogger Sodon said...

In the meantime, conservatives fight wars for the sake of our new "morality."

I'm sorry if it sounds like anti-war blithering to you, but I find the notion of waging war (in almost any circumstance) less and less morally defensible.

Both liberals and conservatives are leveraging language of "morality," "rights," and "justice," to accomplish their political goals. There may be conservative voters who still believe in moral forces, but the same is true of liberal voters. And both of their parties are hypocrites.

I know the world is simpler to understand in dichotomous terms, but it just doesn't work that way, Mac.

Sat Jun 21, 04:11:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Belcher said...

Morality would seem a secondary consideration in the determination to respond to terrorist attacks by shifting the existing conflict away from our soil.

But since you bring it up...Assuming that Chaos agrees with D'Souza on the point that religion is the "primary" basis for morality, where in the Scriptures* is "war (in almost any circumstances)" condemned as morally indefensible?


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*Pat Buchanan's latest writings on WWII don't qualify as Scripture.

Wed Jul 02, 10:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Chris said...

"I find your lack of faith disturbing"
-Karl Rove

Except by faith, I mean posting- work on that

Mon Jul 28, 10:06:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mAc Chaos is a knee-jerk conservative

Sun Aug 10, 06:17:00 PM EDT  

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