C. S. Lewis and America's Health Care Debate
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This essay questions the assumption that C. S. Lewis should
be considered an advocate of social conservatism with reference to the
political scene of the United
States in 2012. It begins with a brief
survey of Lewis’s political thought, before examining in detail his comments on
the National Health Service as part of the post-Second World War Welfare State.
When his correspondence is considered, Lewis is found to endorse without
expressed reservation the single payer plan of the NHS and to recommend its adoption
The essay concludes with a challenge to both liberals and conservatives to
adopt in the style of Lewis a manner of discussion which might restore civility
in political discussion, at least between Lewis’s appreciative readers.