Defense and the Principle of Limited Government

Some libertarians and liberals allege that the policy of building up and generously funding a strong military is inconsistent with the principle of limited government -- one of the key principles of conservative ideology.  Yet this allegation could not be farther from the truth. Modern conservatism was born in the United States in the 1940s, with William Buckley, Jr., Russell Kirk, James Burnham, and several notable others (including several Human Events columnists) serving as its intellectual progenitors.  Important contributions to the development of conservative thought were also made in the 1950s and 1960s by Barry Goldwater (author of The Conscience of a Conservative), the Cold Warrior who stood as a contrast against the soft LBJ. As Jeffrey Lord has noted, it was agreed by the nestors of the conservative movement at its founding, during the 1940s, that the Soviet Union was a huge threat.  Therefore, a strong defense, coupled with a firm foreign policy of...(Read Full Article)

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