We must be Experts in Stupidity , Joe Carter declares in today’s “On the Square” article. After describing some attempts to ignore the obvious, he writes:
Unlike these Rousseauian utopians, we cant even pretend to know how to build a healthy political and social structure. What we do know, however, is how to recognize a sick one.
Just as physicians define bodily health as the absence of sickness, conservatives view the absence of sickness as the best gauge of the health of the body politic. Our primary socio-political objective, therefore, is similar to that of medical doctors: preventing and eliminating moral sickness.
He goes on to suggest what this means in practice.