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Monday 19 Feb 2018 | 09:10 | SYDNEY
Monday 19 Feb 2018 | 09:10 | SYDNEY

Howard's conservatism



7 March 2008 08:49

Regarding John Howard's speech to the American Enterprise Institute: what amazes me about such 'conservative' defences of the war on terrorism is how unconservative they are. Conservatives typically distrust the left's utopian faith in government to fix society's ills, and Howard and George W Bush both believe in the power of free markets and oppose the stultifying influence of excessive government activism. Yet when confronted with the terrorist threat after 9/11, Bush and Howard each decided to solve the problem through massive doses of government, putting their faith in soldiers and bureaucrats to politically transform two entire foreign countries. That's government interventionism on a scale Howard would consider disastrous if it was applied to our welfare system or labour laws.