The basis of liberal-conservative rapprochement

Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. – Proverbs 24:3-4 (KJV)

I’ll use Solomon’s continuum to summarize how American government could work again. Government is the house. Properly fitting conservatism with Lockean liberalism is wisdom. Lockean liberalism itself is understanding. And conservatism is knowledge. Or, as Professor Alexander Rosenthal puts it:

[L]iberalism by itself is not a self-sustaining source of values but must be undergirded by some more substantive understanding of the good, the true, and the beautiful. And where shall this understanding be found, if not in that broader religious, intellectual, and moral inheritance of Western civilization which traditionalists have sought to conserve?

(Rosenthal wrote one of my favorite books — Crown Under Law: Richard Hooker, John Locke, and the Ascent of Modern Constitutionalism.)


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By Peter

After stints as a trial lawyer and a church worker, Peter Stephens has settled in as a Virginia high school English teacher. Peter has read several books and poems. He wrote none of the posts below filed under "Passages." Click the link at the end of each post to see it in the context of the author's original post.

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