"Yet ideas have consequences, including bad ones—and the idea that the coercive apparatus of the state should be deployed in pursuit of “the Highest Good” ranks among the more discredited in human history. At a basic level, it is irreconcilable with traditionally conservative tenets of prudence, aversion to large-scale social experiments, and preserving institutions that work. Nor is this a new debate on the political Right. In 1927, one of the gurus of classical liberalism, Ludwig von Mises, had this to say about those who wanted to infuse politics with a deeper sense of meaning and spirituality:
“Liberalism has often been reproached [that] it has had nothing to offer man’s deeper and nobler aspirations. But the critics who speak in this vein show only that they have a very imperfect and materialistic conception of these higher and nobler needs. Social policy, with the means that are at its disposal, can make men rich or poor, but it can never succeed in making them happy or in satisfying their inmost yearnings.”"