THE one thing you will never hear at TCW is the garbage utterance, ‘Oh yes, we are fiscally conservative but socially liberal.’ This is because as a matter of logic you cannot have a small state with low taxes without cultural/social conservativism. Also, as matter of values, it is just another way of saying, ‘I don’t believe in anything but I really like money.’

If we don’t have strong families and communities then the state, using your tax money, will have to step in to fill the void. Now I could explain this to all my dim-witted fiscally conservative but socially liberal friends (they are nearly always single men) until I am blue in the face, but happily Michael Knowles does it for me in this podcast.

OK, I admit it. I don’t actually have any friends who identify as fiscally conservative but socially liberal because I am not friends with titans of business who are not only FCBSL but also are amazingly ‘liberal on immigration’.

Liberal on immigration: if you are on the Right this just means you want cheap workers and cheap nannies. And if you are on the Left it means that you hate your fellow working-class neighbours so much that you are willing to destroy them and their livelihood to annoy the conservatives and destroy Western civilisation.

Either way, you are a pretty selfish person.

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