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How do we cultivate a virtuous society?

November 19, 2019


Student: So as a conservative,
you advocate for a combination of free market economics and
a code of virtues and morality. I was just curious what these virtues
would be based on in your utopian conservative society. Who would enforce
them, and how do we ensure that they don’t turn into the social virtues
of the racist Democrats and the Nazis? D’Souza: Very good question.
So the answer would be yes, we would have free market
economic policies. I’m not against the idea of a safety net, and so
we’re not talking about laissez faire, we’re talking about free market
policies tempered by a recognition of the government having a basic
provision for the truly disadvantaged. D’Souza: Now with regard to virtue,
my view is that this is not the province of the federal
government at all. The government is not in
the virtue business. This is not to say that at local
levels, communities can’t have community standards of all kinds.
In fact, Hayek uses the phrase “a framework of competing utopias,”
his idea being that you can have a hundred different communities, all
experimenting with different ways of life. And his point is that people are free
to move between them, and so essentially, communities that work
will florish, and communities that won’t will become desolate,
people won’t want to live there. I see virtue as something that
should be cultivated in the family, in the church, in the little
league, in what Burke calls “the little platoons of our
society,” the private sector. So in this way, I’m not arguing
for an incompatible position of laissez faire in economics and
rigorous state control of social policy. No, I’m actually arguing for a relatively
libertarian position on both, with virtue decentralized and
operating in the private sphere.

29 Comments

  • Reply Stampy Bear September 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Daily reminder that socialism always ends in starvation and genocide.

  • Reply great informer September 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Democrat and Rino's have no virtues they have the intelligence of listening to music with the tv turned on.

  • Reply L.R. Design Studios Laurie Sullivan Roy September 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks !

  • Reply War Hammer September 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    End corruption.. LOLOL !!! StayArmedStayVigilantStaySafe !! Thanks for standing strong !!

  • Reply Invisible Inkling September 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Agreed. "Education without morals, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil." – CS Lewis

  • Reply Kimberly Smith September 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Only Judeo-Christian values advance society , thus Western Civilization #fact

  • Reply Candy H September 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I would have loved to hear what Dinesh had to say but NO sound 😞

  • Reply Whiskey And Mojo September 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    What I wouldn’t have given to have a teacher like him in school. I probably wouldn’t have hated politics so much. Fascinating and intelligent man. 🇺🇸

  • Reply roselyn rajoo September 19, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    He's one cool guy like Ghandhi!

  • Reply yakyakyak69 September 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Socialism is about "socializing" the means of production. Communists do it through government ownership. Fascists do it through government regulation, redistribution, and public investment. The REAL goal and results of Socialism (Fascism, Communism & Democratic) is exactly the same… fool "useful idiots" into helping the rich and politically connected "elite" gain wealth and power through political cronyism and unlimited extortion under threat of militarized police gun violence.

  • Reply peter quenter September 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Start by being living examples of how moral standards and ethical behaviour and respect for other's ideas and property benefit everyone involved, and educate children accordingly, and get rid of the postmodern-progressive-political-agendas in schools and curricula and let parents have a say in how and what their kids are being taught !
    It's not like we have not already had those things in the past – with even more knowledge and understanding today of such issues, it ought be even easier to make it work even better !

  • Reply Open Your Eyes September 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Dinesh, we are crafting governance software that is in line with your principals. Can you connect microGov at noapts com

  • Reply Amanda C. September 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Keep it as white as possible.

  • Reply Donald Powers September 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    God BLAMES the MODERN PREACHERS IN JEREMIAH 23 for not standing in his COUNSEL thus making them the WORKERS OF INIQUITY……..who knew! if you don't know JEREMIAH 23 bad one you GOD SAID you are to CONSIDER IT PERFECTLY in THE LATTER DAYS…….obey CHRIST TEACHINGS and you too will KNOW

  • Reply Paul Revere September 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    As far as 'utopian societies' are concerned one notices all disgruntled people can only compare this society to a utopian society as it's the only one that comes closest to it as a Republic and system of laws not of men.

  • Reply James Bowers September 19, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Mr. D'Souza why don't you create a new site for all people like Facebook, YouTube or some news outlet. Love your movies and keep up the good work.

  • Reply Scot Johnson September 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    It's going to be very difficult if we keep flooding our country with immigrants that have no regard for those virtues.

  • Reply John Grytbakk September 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
    – John Adams (1735 – 1826) (second President of the United States)

    "Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
    – President Ronald Reagan

    "Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face."
    – President Ronald Reagan

  • Reply Rick D. September 19, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    "People don't do what's right, they do what's convenient and apologize later." Bob Dylan

  • Reply Laura Prokopetz September 19, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    By modeling it

  • Reply Too-old Forthischet September 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    If you're depending on someone else to shape your life you're a loser already.

  • Reply Gramma DRM September 20, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Dinesh isn't utopian but rather conservative values of helping other but not being run by tyranny, socialist fascism

  • Reply Numa Newbern September 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Depends on WHO and HOW "virtuous" is defined, LOL

  • Reply mikeyh0 September 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams.

  • Reply Harsh Chandra September 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    But you were nailed pretty badly by Hitchens. Remember

  • Reply Joshua Melton September 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I read a book called freedom Nationally, virtue locally or socialism and it similar to what dinesh is talking about.

  • Reply Fred Jones September 22, 2018 at 7:53 am

    As a liberal, I completely agree! I am for a free market system with some safety net provisions to ensure everyone has equal opportunity. By this I mean government run parks and rec departments, public education possibly including community college on a state by state basis, trade school certification programs for non-college skilled work, and healthcare (Medicare for all was found to be the most cost effective method by a right-wing Koch brothers funded study). That being said, unlike most Republicans in government I actually believe in a free market independent of the government. By this I mean a market in which large corporations like Amazon and Google can't monopolize entire industries and strong arm government into passing laws to prevent smaller businesses from scaling up to their level or ones in which they don't have to pay income taxes using offshore loopholes. A market in which bankers and major corporations don't get government bailouts and assistance. A market in which major companies like Amazon have to pay their employees better so that they don't have to go on food stamps (an estimated third of Amazon's workforce in Arizona) which is being subsidized by we the taxpayers. A market in which lobbyists don't write laws and then immediately go into the private sector and advise on how to find loopholes to the laws they just wrote. This is the kind of free market I want! SANDERS 2020!

  • Reply The west is being destroyed. It's an inside job. October 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Nazis were tame, compared to the Jewish Bolsheviks. Bolsheviks were more vicious, murderous and oppressive 10 fold.

  • Reply Absaalookemensch October 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Segregate virtuous peoples from anti-virtuous ones. Every cultural subset has sufficient numbers of both. The practice used is called incarceration.
    This is where the two ideologies clash, the rights vs responsibilities ideologies. One ideology supports incarceration, the other opposes it.
    The natural tendency is for anti-virtuous people to gravitate to virtuous societies because the standards of living, human rights are better and anti-virtuous people prey upon the virtuous victims for their income. Anti-virtuous cultures have lower standards of living, human rights and anti-virtuous people don't tolerate others doing to them what they do to others.

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