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FINAL Prospects cover paper-page-001 - Version 5For the conservative, the real end of economic production is to raise man above the savage level, to make possible the leisure which sustains civilization, and to free man from the condition of a simple drudge. When efficiency or production becomes an end in itself, then truly technology has triumphed over humanity. —Prospects for Conservatives: A Compass for Rediscovering the Permanent Things by Russell Kirk 

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  1. Russell Kirk believed that the economic sphere should be in the service of human flourishing, Mr. Jefferson’s “pursuit of happiness,” instead of economic rationality. His principles lead to supporting the tariff to foster and then protect American jobs. His comments on the British Corn Laws in Conservative Mind, chapter VIII show that he understood this. Wes McDonald refers to passages in Kirk’s other books advocating protectionism. (McDonald himself devotes a page to arguing against Kirk’s views.) The tariff can protect farming and industrial capitalism and provide a brake on financial capitalism, which always tends toward globalism.

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