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Socially Liberal, Fiscally Immoral

Derb – I too have a long-standing contempt for the socially liberal, fiscally conservative line. It’s always struck me as so much people-pleasing and conflict-avoidance. Besides, it seems to me that if you’re socially liberal and fiscally conservative, you’re saying you’re too cheap to live up to your convictions. I’m not referring here to libertarians who are, in fact, socially libertarian and fiscally conservative. I’m talking about the liberals who, for example, defend welfare in principle but not in practice. How is that a morally or intellectually serious position?

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