Christian Social Agenda

Phillip Blond was at the Rome conference I attended, a year ago now. He is the special guest at this conference in Melbourne. As far as what Blond is doing in England, one can only hope a similar movement will take place here in the US.

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3 Responses to Christian Social Agenda

  1. Burk Braun says:

    ” “It's very clear we're in the middle of a paradigm shift,” he says. “We are witnessing the end of the neoliberal project – just as 30 years ago we saw the end of Keynesianism. We're in a shift of comparable proportions. The interesting question is what comes next.” “

    What comes next is Keynsianism, which is what we are using right now to resolve the crisis brought on by conservative deregulation.

    And what of his proposals? Microlending to the poor, vague relocalization? I'm not seeing much of substance. “Capitalism with a conscience” sounds like a retread of the vaporous, and frankly, lying “compassionate conservative”. Looks like a load of blather to put a little lipstick on the Tory aristocracy.

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  2. Darrell says:

    How one could read the entire article about Blond (did you?) or anything else that has been written about him and come to the conclusion that this sounds like the “compassionate conservatism” of the Bush years is beyond me…wow…such a response is the true blather…incredible really…or just silly maybe…

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  3. Burk Braun says:

    Oh, It's quite easy. I don't mean that Blond is insincere. Or that I disagree with all of his critique. Not at all. But his prescriptions are non-existent in any serious, practical sense, other than perhaps taking from the rich and giving to the poor, which the Tories are rather unlikely to put into practice. So this is a classic instance of a nice and suitably vague “philosophy” being welcomed as purely rhetorical cover by a party that has zero, and I repeat zero, intention of implementing whatever it is he is suggesting.

    This is not to say that the Tories are quite as corporate-captured as the US Republicans. They are more aristocratic, with a Prince Charles-ian nosatalgia for bygone times, But getting there in any but cosmetic ways (and especially by way of the broad socialism inherent in Blond's ideas) is not the business of the Tory party of today. They might go for some Queen and country (and high church, or perhaps ecumenical) jingo-ism, but they aren't out to strip the nouveau-riche, since that is who they themselves are.

    “I believe in markets, but I don't believe in markets understood as private monopolies. I believe in open global, national and regional civic markets. If everybody owns and trades, and there wasn't just an exclusive, dispossessed class, there wouldn't be a radically insecure bottom twenty or thirty percent of society that causes problems for everybody else.”

    This is nothing but classic liberalism, pure and simple. It was not conservatives who busted trusts, but liberals. We certainly need more of the same today, but it strains credulity to assign that role to conservatives of any stripe, including the Tories.

    I'd suggest you take another look at the left progressive end of the spectrum, especially with regard to our own health care debate.

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