Free “Indivisible” booklet explains fiscal and social conservatism

Are you a fusionist? I am. A fusionist is someone who thinks that social conservatism and fiscal conservatism go together hand in hand. You can’t be just one or the other – you have to be both. Because if you want to achieve one goal, you’ll achieve it better by also working on the other goal in parallel.

Here’s how the new VP Paul Ryan explains it during a June 2009 the Hudson Institute conference speech:

A “libertarian” who wants limited government should embrace the means to his freedom: thriving mediating institutions that create the moral preconditions for economic markets and choice. A “social issues” conservative with a zeal for righteousness should insist on a free market economy to supply the material needs for families, schools, and churches that inspire moral and spiritual life. In a nutshell, the notion of separating the social from the economic issues is a false choice. They stem from the same root.

Now here is a nice booklet about fusionism put out by the Heritage Foundation, my favorite think tank. The booklet is called “Indivisible” and the book chapters are all available as individual PDFs.

Here’s the booklet description:

What do marriage, family, and religion have to do with property, free exchange, and profit? Washington policy circles may separate these into so-called “social” and “economic” issue sets, but for millions of Americans the dividing lines fade away in the reality of everyday life. Together these core social and economic ideas form the foundation of American liberty. Indivisible is a unique set of essays by well-known social and economic conservatives—each writing from the other’s perspective—to show the interdependence of these principles in advancing freedom and human dignity.

So the social conservatives are writing about fiscal issues, and the fiscal conservatives are writing about social issues.

Here’s the list of people and topics:

Civil Society
Moral Arguments for Limiting Government
Joseph G. Lehman
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The Value of Wages
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
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Rule of Law
Economic Prosperity Requires the Rule
of Law
J. Kenneth Blackwell
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Why Faith Is a Good Investment
Arthur Brooks, Ph.D., and Robin Currie
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The Cause of Life Can’t be Severed from the Cause of Freedom
Representative Paul Ryan
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International Trade
Why Trade Works for Family, Community, and Sovereignty
Ramesh Ponnuru
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Free Exchange
Morality and Economic Freedom
Jim Daly with Glenn T. Stanton
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A Culture of Responsibility
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
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The Limited-Government Case for Marriage
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
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Property and the Pursuit of Happiness
Representative Michele Bachmann
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Prophets and Profit
Marvin Olasky, Ph.D.
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Conserving Creation
Tony Perkins
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Washington’s War on the Family and Free Enterprise
Stephen Moore
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A Unified Vision for Education Choice
Randy Hicks
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And Jay Richards gave the introduction.

My two favorite chapters are Jennifer Roback Morse and Michele Bachmann, of course. I have the actual printed booklet, and it’s all wrinkled on the edges because I read it while doing post-workout cardio. The essays are just 4-6 pages long.

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