Friday, July 26, 2013

God and the neocons

Will Wilkinson, who writes for the Economist’s group blog, “Democracy in America”, has been on something of a roll lately. Last week, for example, he had a very interesting take on libertarian populism. But nothing quite prepares you for the brilliance of yesterday’s piece on religion, democracy and the neoconservatives.*

Wilkinson’s foil is veteran conservative pundit George Will, who argued in National Affairs that “citizens concerned for our limited government should be friendly to the cause of American religion, even if they are not believers themselves.” There’s a lot of good and interesting material in Will’s essay, but his central point seems to me completely misguided.

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