Tag: VirtuCons

Your Conservative Fall Brawl Bracket


Though the primaries for the 2016 presidential election are still a ways off, news organizations can already be seen spending an inordinate amount of time talking about them in an attempt to fill a 24-hour news cycle that contains less than one hour of actual news. It is a signal to us that it is time for the greater coalition of the right to begin the process of pummeling each other into submission, in order to ensure our ideal candidate wins the Republican nomination.

Here on Ricochet, social conservatives and libertarians battle for supremacy on a daily basis. Recently, VirtuCons have appeared, to the consternation of some FiCons. The NeoCons continue to plug along to the dissatisfaction of many factions. In order to better facilitate these death matches, and ensure no faction of conservatives is left out, I have created a Fall Brawl bracketed tournament for different types of “Cons” to battle it out.  

Promoting Virtue


We’re talking a lot about virtue, morals, libertarians, and social conservatives lately and this is really distracting me from my contemplation of Irish whiskey.

I reject the assertion that we can only promote virtue through big government. Well, then, how else could we do it? Don’t we have to use reason and persuade people through logic?

Libertarians and VirtuCons: What Are The Differences?


In the last few weeks, we’ve had VirtuCons and libertarians striking out their stances and trying to better understand each other. Interestingly, many of the threads featured exchanges where both sides expressed similar — if not identical — goals and suppositions, but remained certain that the other side rejected them. The differences between the groups may be profound, but they’re more subtle than we credit them.

So what are the differences? There may be other ways to cut it — and stipulating that ideological Turing tests are hard — but the basic disagreements seem to be over 1) The extent of the danger posed by the state; and 2) What it will take to revive the culture. Everything else flows from those disagreements.

What is the Virtucon Project?


aristotleI have been forcibly reminded by recent megathreads that there are conservatives who do not think the size and scope of the state is a pressing issue. Some of these folks, approaching things using the lens of virtue ethics, have a different diagnosis of what is wrong with society, a different idea of what needs to be done, and a different approach to what is permissible to achieve these ends. They are suspicious of markets, and fear that a focus on small government is not just electorally disastrous, but fatally distracts from the real issues facing the country.

Below I set out — largely in the form of collected paraphrases — what I take to be the virtucon project, in so far as I understand it. There are gaps, and I have no doubt made mistakes. The first paragraph, in particular, which is entirely of my own making, might be objected to as too rough and ready a summary. I have, however, tried to lay out the virtucon case in good faith, and invite corrections and additions.

The Virtucon Case

Let’s Be “Virtue Conservatives”


I’m dissatisfied with the term “social conservative.” I’m wondering if we can’t come up with something better.

What is a social conservative, anyway? Just a person who’s religious and cares a lot about abortion? We know the type, but the name is kind of nebulous, particularly when it’s contrasted with “libertarian” (as it so often is), it makes it sound as though libertarians have a real philosophical foundation and social conservatives just have a lot of strong opinions about how people should live (generally rooted in prejudice or blind obedience to religion).