Ben Carson’s parable about the guy getting mauled by a bear was an inadvertent critique of conservatism.

It came up at the CNN townhall, where he explained why the government isn’t responsible for taking care of the indigent. The Founding Fathers never envisioned such a thing, he said, because in those days, “if somebody got killed by a bear, everyone took care of their family.” Then Woodrow Wilson and LBJ came along, according to Carson, supplanting “everyone” with the government.

Of course, this only goes to show that the founders, whose world was so narrow and savage that bears were (in Carson’s telling) an everyday threat, are maybe not the best guide to the problems contemporary people face, which don’t include bears.