Herb Kutchins




Neither Alms Nor a Friend: The Tragedy of Compassionate Conservatism

Kutchins goes to the ideological source of Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” in his devastating critique of Marvin Olasky’s pseudo-scholarship. As the distinction between church and state is increasingly blurred, Olasky’s aim becomes clear: the goal of charity is to save souls, not to provide food, shelter, or other amenities. His mission is to assure salvation, not to feed the hungry or eliminate poverty.

right wing, book review, charities, conservatism, compassionate — United States, Olasky, Marvin N., poverty, public welfare — United States, social classes — United States, United States — history

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 1 (2001): 14-34