In the course of an essay on the history and negative consequences of progressivism, Bradley J. Birzer discusses its two main opponents, conservatism and libertarianism. He gives both what they agree on and what they disagree on. See what he says after the jump.
Is libertarianism really a major opponent of progressivism, or is it rather, with its dismissal of traditional authorities, a particular manifestation of it? If conservatism has a communal dimension, as opposed to libertarian individualism, does that put it closer to the corporate emphasis of progressivism?
But here is the big question, highly relevant to the current election: Given the differences between these three ideologies, does it make sense for a conservative to vote libertarian against a progressive presidential candidate? Or is the gulf between conservative and libertarian too wide for that? [Read more…]