The editor writes: Conservatives, it seems to me, only forestall the inevitable slide into tyranny. I don’t want to forestall it. I want to prevent it. I want to reverse that slide. I want to restore the dream that was America.
Professor Friedrich von Hayek, author of “The Road to Serfdom,” is a hero to many conservatives. Yet, he, too, rejected the label – not only for him, but for his mentor, professor Ludwig von Mises, as well. “I cannot help smiling when I hear professor Mises described as a conservative,” he wrote. “Indeed, in this country and at this time, his views may appeal to people of conservative minds. But when he began advocating them, there was no conservative group which he could support. There couldn’t have been anything more revolutionary, more radical, than his appeal for reliance on freedom. To me, professor Mises is and remains, above all, a great radical, an intelligent and rational radical but, nonetheless, a radical on the right lines.”
I agree. That’s what I want to be. Was George Washington a conservative? No. He was a revolutionary. He is known throughout the world – or was when people appreciated such concepts – as the “father of freedom.”
That’s what I want to be too. A radical of the right. It’s why I won’t vote for George Delano, who isn’t even a conservative anyhow, but a moderate liberal. It’s why I left the Republican party, which doesn’t even bother to try forestalling the slide into tyranny anymore. I don’t care that Christian Libertarians, or Constitutionals or the Southern Party aren’t going to win the election this year. We have two choices: stick with something that we already know doesn’t and won’t work, or move out in a new direction. I choose the latter.