Some good points are made here. But also some bad ones. Matt Lewis is still clinging (it appears) to the 20th Century version of American politics, defined by “conservatives” and “liberals.” Where in the small(er) government camp socialcons rule the roost and libertarians are kind of a tack on. Times have changed.
That being said he is right on his main point. “Conservatives” both social and fiscal should be wary of big business. Lewis is also right that this wariness presents a particular challenge for small government folks as most of the other major societal institutions are in the statist camp, universities, the media, etc.
(From The Daily Beast)
But while conservatives might sometimes have to form a temporary alliance with business, they should remember that this isn’t necessarily a natural alliance. If you’re a conservative, you do have to worry about government (and be cognizant of the fact that bureaucrats don’t care about you). But you must also distrust the people trying to sell you things.
If you’re a social conservative trying to raise kids in the modern world, consider this: Who’s trying to sell them destructive “products” … violence, promiscuous sex, unhealthy lifestyles, bad food, etc.? It’s probably not the government. It’s much more likely to be big business trying to turn a profit. Do you think these fat cats actually care about you or your family? Hell, no. They’re trying to make a buck.
On the second point the solution is simple if not easy. Don’t buy from the companies which sell what you don’t like.
One does not have that option with government however. You “buy” what the government says you “buy.”