|Source:Intelligent Channel- From economist Michael Lind|
The social contract means different things to different people and depending on where you are on the American political spectrum will show what you think of it. And for people on the Libertarian-Right or are Center-Right Conservatives, the role of government when it comes to economic policy and what government should be doing for people is very minimal. And people on the Right tend to just want government there to enforce contracts and laws that are designed to prevent and breakup monopolies and what is called unfair competition.
So far over the last thirty years the Reagan conservative side has won in the sense that Americans tend to not be looking for an increased role of the Federal Government in our economic lives. The New Democrats in the 1990s were successful in holding back the Conservatives and preventing them from rolling back the New Deal and Great Society. But also in presenting an alternative agenda to for Americans in saying that government can’t do everything for people and can’t do nothing. That we need it there to do the things that we all need government for. And government can also play a role in providing able-bodied and mentally able people get themselves the tools that they need to be able to make it on their own in life and be successful on their own.