Dif­fer­ing val­ues

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 1 com­men­tary “The chal­lenge for a Supreme Court nom­i­nee? Be­ing an unBork­able can­di­date.”

Jonah Gold­berg fails to ad­mit that some con­ser­va­tives — such as the lamented Robert Bork — hold views that are out­side the main­stream, views that many would con­sider rad­i­cal.

The late Mil­ton Fried­man was a greatly re­spected con­ser­va­tive econ­o­mist. Fried­man de­rided the fed­eral govern­ment. Fried­man didn’t be­lieve in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion — a rad­i­cal, shock­ing view in my opin­ion.

Fried­man’s opin­ion on pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion — clearly out of the main­stream — hasn’t dam­aged his stand­ing, but is a re­minder that ven­er­ated con­ser­va­tives might have val­ues dif­fer­ing from much of the pub­lic. Jeff Daniels


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