"Ask not"

George Will spoke today at the libertarian Cato Institute upon the event of the publication of his new book, One Man’s America. I was able to attend with my mother—it was a inspiring speech—and have a book signed for my father, who twice a week for as long as I can remember has chuckled as he read Will’s columns syndicated in the New York Post.

I don’t mind being a secondhand dealer in ideas, particularly being young and in the blogosphere, but it does seem a disservice to hack apart and reconstitute Will. Suffice to say he laid out differences between conservatism and libertarianism, had a great quip about Obama (“The rhetorical cotton candy, although fun to eat, is not nourishing”), and, at a time when personal responsibility, thrift and self-sufficiency—the stern virtues that are a prerequisite for democratic capitalism—are eroding in the face of the metastasizing entitlement mentality, offered an alternative. When JFK said ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ one sensible response is to “reserve a spacious portion of your own life for which you, not your country, are responsible.”


Zachary said...

I've always liked George Will, even though I've found him to take some strange positions at times.

I'd be interested to hear your summary of Will's argument. He was defending the libertarian perspective, I imagine?

I know he has been disillusioned by the so-called conservatives that have been running the country for the last eight years.

I bet he's looking forward to the fun times with Obama for the next 8 years or so.

Ol' Blue said...

No, actually the conservative one. Libertarianism, he said, is not a satisfactory political philosophy. "It is satisfying, because it seeks to answer all political questions in one big gulp. But it is not satisfactory." And this in the F.A. Hayek Auditorium with Ed Crane by his side!

Zachary said...

Ah Duh.

I like that quote!

Tito Edwards said...

The only thing I fault you in your posting is that you actually take the time to read a highly uncharitable and cafeteria Catholic blog such as Vox Nova.

That's my only comment on that topic.

Other than that, I'm trying to find an excuse to view Batman. I heard from good friends that the Joker character is well played by Heath Ledger.

Tito Edwards said...


I posted the comment in the wrong comm box. My apologies.