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January 14, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

The Great Awakening

Jim Wallis’ works explains a real cultural shift that’s talked about at Revolution in Jesusland and seems to be why Rush is having such violent and verbally empty reactions to Huckabee’s success. Is traditional conservatism dying on the vine?

I wonder how the book turns out… and I wonder how the revolution turns out…




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  1. zatavu / Jan 19 2008 3:56 pm

    Rush is anti-Huckabee only because Huckabee is anti-economic in his thinking. Populism is anti-economic thinking, and anti-economic thinking does not help people. It hurts people. Especially when the person in charge thinks that way. You can have all the compassion that you want, but if your policies make things worse for people, then what have you done? The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jan 19 2008 6:20 pm

    I fail to see the downside of helping people out. After all, a rising tide helps all ships.

    In my humble opinion, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” isn’t a particularly helpful way to live ones life. Does that mean you arm yourself with bad intentions?

    I ultimately fail to see how populism, which appeals to the economic interests of all isn’t pro-economic all around?

    Thanks for adding your opinion. What do you all think?

  3. zatavu / Jan 20 2008 9:35 pm

    It depends on how you help people out. If you voluntarily help people, then there is benefit. But if you rob Peter to pay Paul, then one person is better off while another is worse off. Government interactions — which are “unless you do something good for me, I’ll do something bad to you” — do not raise all ships. It sinks ships. Only economic interactions — which are “if you do something good for me, I’ll do something good for you” — does raise all ships. Anti-economic, populist policies sink ships, thinking that will raise the water for the other ships.

    No, you don’t arm yourself with bad intentions. You make sure that what you are doing will actually have the results you are seeking. If we agree that populists have good intentions, but their policies won’t have the desired effect, then what they do will have a bad outcome. Yet people will still pat him on the back and say, “well, you meant well.” If a doctor did that, that would be malpractice.

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