Saturday, December 01, 2012

The Political Right and the Common Good

In my recent Christian Voice article 'The Christian Retreat', I pointed out that the concept of needing to serve the common good plays far too small a role within the political discourse of the conservative Christian community of America.

The Christian right in America is becoming increasingly individualistic, myopic and self-serving. In reaction to the incipient socialism of the political left, America’s conservative community is fast becoming characterized by individualistic opportunists who associate any appeal to the common good with utilitarianism or collectivism.

I first started realizing this was a problem when a conservative businessman said to me (in another election), “I’m not concerned with which candidate is going to best serve our nation, I’m going to vote for the candidate whose policies will benefit me.”


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