‘Question’ of the state’s role in enforcing social order

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Gideon Rozner says conservatives believe the state’s role is to conserve traditions, while libertarians believe it is to promote liberty and basic freedoms.

“I believe that we need traditions and customs for social order and harmony, the question is what the role of the state is in enforcing those things,” Mr Rozner told Sky News host Cory Bernardi.

“So a conservative would say the state’s role is to conserve our traditions and our way of life and so on.

“A libertarian would say, no the state’s job is to promote liberty, to promote our basic freedoms, to allow a peaceful country in which families and individuals and communities can self-organise and spontaneously live according to norms that are part of human nature and that would dominate anyway.”