Skip to comments.Does a Decline in Morality in a Country, Harm the Economy?
Posted on 04/27/2013 10:39:30 AM PDT by pinochet
Conservatives often like to divide themselves into economic conservatives who care about the economy, and social conservatives who care about moral issues.
But the mother of the post-war conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, says that both issues are linked, and that a decline in moral values harms a nation: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/schlafly-gop-establishment-gave-us-losers-dole-mccain-and-romney
Schlafly quoted from the article:
(Schlafly said the establishment wants candidates that will only talk about economic issues and not social or moral issues or even national security issues". And thats such a terrible mistake, because those social issues are the cause of the fiscal issue, and they are the issues that get to the heart of people--issues like life and marriage, Schlafly said.)
The 50 million Americans who have been aborted since 1973 would be providing tax revenue for the country, and helping to fund the social security system for retired Americans. Americans would not require third world immigrants to do their work for them, and who (e.g. Muslims) bring problems of dual loyalty.
By the way, the fertility rate, or the number of children Americans need to replace themselves, has fallen below replacement. A country needs a fertility rate of 2.1 children to replace themselves, but America is having 1.9 children and falling. America is dying demographically, just like Europe: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/12/us-births-decline/1880231/
--and all the guys using their computers were able to go back to typing with both hands...
Clean up your mind already
I’d say yes to the title question, assuming we are talking about morals that arise from a Judeo-Christian ethic. It might be great to abandon, say, Nazi morals.
Anybody who believes in the God of the Bible would answer, “Yes”.
Look at Europe.
A just, free society and economy can’t exist without a god-fearing people. That’s just a fact.
Our Founders wisely termed our rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as being the most important and unalienable, meaning they were given to us by God and because of that no man could claim to give them to us nor can they take them away.
Now, these three core freedoms, are highlighted in the preamble in such a way as to mean that they are essential to all the other freedoms.
In fact, all of our other freedoms, which are outlined as amendments to the Constitution are there expressly to protect our core freedoms of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Life is that right given by God which enables us to protect ourselves and our families from harm, etc. Life is our social connection to society.
Liberty is that right given by God to ply our trade, feed our families, etc. Liberty is our economic connection to society.
Now, pursuit of happiness had a specific meaning in our Founders time, which is still true, although its meaning has been obscured. The real meaning is not being able to do whatever you want because it makes you happy. The idea of the "Pursuit of Happiness" means the ability to pursue a virtuous life so that when you come to the end of your life you will be able to meet that end result which is happiness with God.
The pursuit of happiness is living a virtuous life and it is our connection to God.
So, these three core freedoms are necessarily connected to each other.
To separate one is to dislodge them all.
When they are dislodged from each other no amount of amendments can help.
Obamacare is specifically designed to shatter our core freedoms.
I think a look at conditions today pretty much answers that question.
As the good rabbi said on Glenn Beck last night: capitalism is based upon prosperity through SERVICE. The greater one services his fellows, the greater his prosperity. By contrast, collectivism is based upon claiming inequity, unfairness, and then depending on the gov to alleviate hurts.
Hey, you’re the one that couldn’t stop talking about all the porn ladies & what you want to see them doing & all...
What is causing the economic decline in America is the excessive amount of government spending which is funded by enormous budget deficits, which have to be financed by confiscatory taxation, heavy borrowing, and inflation. All of these factors are both an enlargement of government consumption and an assault on saving, investment and productive expenditure by the private sector, which impedes accumulation of capital and impedes growth of real wages.
And the factors that are causing the growth of government spending are social justice and the welfare state, which leads to the growth of government intervention in the economy.And what leads to social justice and the welfare state is the destructive morality of altruism and collectivism.
Not sure what you were saying there, but social liberalism creates liberal economics.
The more people decline in their moral lives, the more likely they are to vote for more government and more self serving redistribution programs.
Rather retarded question. You turn your back on God and we get what we have today. So simple.
Of course it does.
What goes around comes around.
If you pull one thread of the nation’s fabric, it all unwinds eventually.
There is no economic conservatism without moral conservatism. Folks who haven’t learned that, yet, will learn soon enough through further economic collapse.