Alternet has the article 7 Things People Who Say They’re ‘Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal’ Don’t Understand by Greta Christina.
You can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. They’re deeply intertwined. They affect each other. Economic issues often are social issues. And conservative fiscal policies do enormous social harm. That’s true even for the mildest, most generous version of “fiscal conservatism” — low taxes, small government, reduced regulation, a free market. These policies perpetuate human rights abuses. They make life harder for people who already have hard lives. Even if the people supporting these policies don’t intend this, the policies are racist, sexist, classist (obviously), ableist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise socially retrograde. In many ways, they do more harm than so-called “social policies” that are supposedly separate from economic ones.
The above is just the introduction to the 7 things. This has to be one of the strongest arguments against fiscal conservatism that I have read.
Thanks to Wesley Chrabasz for sharing this Facebook post. If only he could get a mutual friend to read this.