Perkovich on Lincoln and justice

Rich Lowry’s argument that modern conservatives can claim a kindred spirit in Lincoln has been generating some interesting responses.  George Perkovich claims that by emphasizing Lincoln’s respect for economic and property rights, Lowry ignores Lincoln’s commitment to government as a guarantor of justice.  “Lincoln’s focus on justice,” he writes, “like that of progressives more broadly, extends the purpose of government beyond the protection of individual liberty and private property to which libertarian-conservatives reduce it today.”

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