Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend.
The proper role of humanists is not to bring 'human values' to the attention of technicians otherwise engaged in a purely instrumental approach to their calling, but to demand the restoration of the practical or moral element in callings that have degenerated into techniques.
Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values.
It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life.
Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.
When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular feeling about the family, they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism of family values for their own purposes.
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