End Of Social Conservatism?
A few of months ago I heard a
discussion which leads me to believe that America will eventually reject extreme
social conservatism and fully embrace broad, socially liberal ideals.
The speakers were talking about the fact
that most of the young, creative people who drive the continual innovations in
our society are attracted to cosmopolitan centers: to places where tolerance
and diversity are the primary moral values.
I thought for a moment and realized the obvious:
New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, even Austin deep in the heart of Texas – these are the primary drivers of our
economy…and they’re the defining liberal
cities of America.
As much as conservative ideologues
like to berate these areas of the country, do you think for a minute that America could really get along without these engines
of progress and productivity?
The majority of GDP growth in the U.S.A. doesn’t flow from Arkansas and Alabama, it comes from places like California and New York, two of the most democratic and liberal
states in the union- this is not a coincidence. Because of this, despite all
the anti-government talk you hear from the right, it is taxes from the
left-leaning Democratic states that subsidize the Republican states to the tune
of almost $100 billion a year.
I was greatly
enthused when I heard that politicians in South Carolina
were worried that the region’s religious conservatives were scaring away young
entrepreneurs. Maybe common sense and dignity will never be enough to erase the
remaining vestiges of social intolerance and religious extremism that flourish
in many parts of the country, but I’m confident the pursuit of prosperity and
creative expression ultimately will.