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.Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to preserve")[1] is a political attitude that advocates institutions and traditional practices that have developed organically,[2][3] thus emphasizing stability and continuity.^ For no serious conservative, nor indeed any unserious conservative that I can think of, has ever said that traditional practices and beliefs are always good, or ought always to be preserved.

^ The "tragics" may have a negative view of political institutions, but they generally have a favorable view of organic communities and local customs.

[3] The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution.[4] The term has since been used to describe a variety of politicians with a wide range of views.
In Western politics, the term conservatism often refers to the school of thought started by Edmund Burke and similar thinkers.[5] .Scholar R. J. White wrote: "To put conservatism in a bottle with a label is like trying to liquify the atmosphere […] The difficulty arises from the nature of the thing.^ Things like massive volcanic events, asteroid/comet impacts, and abrupt unexplained changes in the atmosphere’s CO2 content or basic chemistry.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

.For conservatism is less a political doctrine than a habit of mind, a mode of feeling, a way of living."^ As the first generation of Friends had passed away in the early 1700s, the Society had increasingly become a hereditary group defined less by its faith than by its way of life.
  • A Short History of Conservative Friends 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC www.snowcamp.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Like Bill Buckley before him, Weyrich managed to maintain something of a balancing act between the principled conservatism of the heart and the "pragmatic" conservatism of the political mind.

^ From a theological standpoint, though, the question whether to be a political minimalist or a political maximalist is a matter of prudential judgment, rather than doctrine, about what's "feasible."

[6] Russell Kirk considered conservatism "the negation of ideology".[7]
.Conservative political parties have diverse views; the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, the Republican Party in the United States, the Conservative Party in Britain, the Liberal Party of Australia, and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India are all considered major conservative parties with varying positions.^ Fascists hate Liberals, Communists hate Liberals and so does the Republican Party of the United States....
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

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Development of Western conservatism

Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
.From the beginning, some political thought could be labeled "conservative" but it was not until the Age of Enlightenment, and the reaction to events surrounding the French Revolution of 1789, that conservatism rose as a distinct political attitude or train of thought.^ What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.
  • Small Tent Conservatism - Reason Magazine 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This political drama flashed in the warder of my brain when something recently happened that put into perspective the bewilderment that has possessed observers of "conservatism" in the present age.
  • Small Tent Conservatism - Reason Magazine 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In our supposed enlightened age, how many Americans even acknowledge some sort of “Creator,” anyway?
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.Many point to the rise of a conservative disposition in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, specifically to the works of influential Anglican theologian, Richard Hooker, emphasizing moderation in the political balancing of interests towards the goals of social harmony and common good.^ I have been outraged that so many people have taken for granted that 'conservative' is identical to 'fascist' - that's not common sense!
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There is nothing INHERENTLY incompatible between government working to provide for the common good and freedom.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Right Wing special interest groups have hijacked the Libertarian/Fiscally Conservative, the Social Conservative, and National Defense wings of the party.
  • The Future of Conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.frumforum.com [Source type: Original source]

Edmund Burke’s polemic Reflections on the Revolution in France helped conservatism gain prominence.
Edmund Burke supported the American Revolution, but opposed the French Revolution, which he saw as violent and chaotic. He pressed for parliamentary control of royal patronage and expenditure.[8]
.His classical conservative position insisted that conservatism has no ideology, in the sense of a utopian program, with some form of master plan.^ But I do like Rush Limbaugh and think he has valuable insights at times - but he is no longer the master of the art form he started.
  • Small Tent Conservatism - Reason Magazine 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By endorsing private property and the pursuit of profit, it is compatible with some forms of capitalism and thus needs no defense around here.

Burke developed his ideas in response to the enlightened idea of a society guided by abstract reason. .He anticipated the critique of modernism, a term used at the end of the 19th century by the Dutch religious conservative Abraham Kuyper.^ One of the great achievments of modern Republican propaganda has been to supress the use of the terms Liberal and liberal like they are some kind of dirty words.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

Burke did not seek "to give praise or blame to any thing which relates to human actions, and human concerns, on a simple view of the object in all the nakedness and solitude of metaphysical abstraction".[9]
Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)
.Burke said some people had less reason than others, and thus some people will make better governments than others if they rely upon reason.^ Kristol's gripe was not with the size or scope of government, but rather with government action that favored one group over the other for reasons of ethnic or gender identity alone.

^ Blog wars don’t get any better than the ones between Jeff and some snooty academic.
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^ I can think of nothing less interesting than watching some tv interview thing on the computer.
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.The proper formulation of government came not from abstractions such as reason, but from time-honoured development of the state, piecemeal progress through experience and the continuation of other important societal institutions such as the family and the Church.^ Such a strategy, combined with an outbreak of slave rebellions in the South, would have saved thousands of lives and kept government reasonably decentralized.

^ He continues to mentor troubled teenagers through his church, and outside of church.

^ I believe, rightly so, as while the Congress and President continually throw bricks over separation of power claims against each other, the States are now starting to throw stones at both them.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.He argued that tradition draws on the wisdom of many generations and the tests of time, while reason may be a mask for the preferences of one man, and at best represents only the untested wisdom of one generation.^ The reason I ask (I don’t really care, and it’s none of my business anyway)is there are about 50 blog sites I like and visit from time to time like this one.
  • What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC proteinwisdom.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One can only hope those differences do not become senselessly magnified over time.

^ That said, if a writer is to have an inflated reputation, I prefer it be one who abhors militarism and understands the importance of family and tradition.

.However, Burke wrote, "A state without the means of change is without the means of its conservation."^ The conservative domination of public political discourse has been changing what Americans mean by common sense.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Burke insisted further change be organic rather than revolutionary.^ George Seldes used to call them 'reactionaries', rather than 'conservatives', as they 'react' in opposition to any liberal or progressive change for the betterment of society.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.An attempt to modify the complex web of human interactions that form human society, for the sake of some doctrine or theory, runs the risk of running afoul of the iron law of unintended consequences.^ But there is always the law of unintended consequences.
  • The Future of Conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.frumforum.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Change for the sake of change often invokes the Law of Unintended Consequences with negative results.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

Western Conservatism has also been influenced by the Counter-Enlightenment works of Joseph de Maistre. Maistre argued for the restoration of hereditary monarchy, which he regarded as a divinely sanctioned institution, and for the indirect authority of the Pope over temporal matters. He also defended the principle of hierarchical authority, which the Revolution sought to destroy. Maistre published in 1819 his masterpiece Du Pape ("On the Pope"). The work is divided into four parts. .In the first he argues that, in the Church, the pope is sovereign, and that it is an essential characteristic of all sovereign power that its decisions should be subject to no appeal.^ As long as we refuse to support third parties, they will not have the power to threaten a system that leaves us with what we admit to be a choice between two evils, which is no choice at all.

Consequently, the pope is infallible in his teaching, since it is by his teaching that he exercises his sovereignty. In the remaining divisions the author examines the relations of the pope and the temporal powers, civilization and the welfare of nations, and the schismatic Churches. .He argues that nations require protection against abuses of power by a sovereignty superior to all others, and that this sovereignty should be that of the papacy, the historical saviour and maker of European civilization.^ It is amazing that on the one hand, liberalism is supposed to be so obviously right that it should not be questioned, but on the other hand it requires so many lies to make its case.

^ I believe, rightly so, as while the Congress and President continually throw bricks over separation of power claims against each other, the States are now starting to throw stones at both them.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the United States, the president is the commander in chief and has war powers; war's purpose is to protect the country; the war is over and won when the other army surrenders.
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.Conservatives strongly support the right of property, and Carl B. Cone, in Burke and the Nature of Politics, pointed out that this view, expressed as philosophy, also served the interests of the people involved.^ As Baldwin points out, it was Bush and McCain who damaged the term "conservative" beyond repair-- they have destroyed it.

^ Thanks to all of you who point out that the central criteria to consider is decency, integrity, honesty - solid conservative values.
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^ All who call themselves conservatives, but supported Bush even after the disastrous nature of his inventions became apparent share the blame.

[10] .Conservatives are usually economic liberals, diverging from classical liberalism in the tradition of Adam Smith.^ Plus the silly interweb wigit in question is…classical liberal!…OMG! That pretty much skews CONSERVATIVE!!
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^ That this liberal belief in progress is often balanced by a conservative respect for tradition and a libertarian favoring of the entrepreneurial spirit does not make it any less utopian.

^ The crude duality Conservative vs Liberal contributed mightily to the confusion of economics and social issues.
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[11] .Some conservatives look to a modified free market order, such as the American System, ordoliberalism, or Friedrich List's National System.^ It appears The American Conservative is making some of their archived content freely available online.

^ Some might argue that Republicans should not look “obstructionist.” But they are wrong – the vast majority of Americans don’t like this bill and don’t want it to pass.
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^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
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.The latter view differs from strict laissez-faire, in that the state's role is to promote competition while maintaining the national interest, community and identity.^ I do find it interesting that two relatively similar groups with what I would consider, similar aptitude, would have dramatically different (and passionate) views.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ We must stand back from our extremist views if we expect to maintain a majority which as a whole promotes morality and family values.

.Most conservatives strongly support the sovereign nation (although that was not so in the 19th century), and patriotically identify with their own nation.^ Dyer speculates that authoritarians reject looking inward because they have come to rely so strongly on external support systems to convince themselves of their own value.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Where most Americans in the last century have seen an expansion of freedoms, these conservatives see curtailments of what they consider "freedom."
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Nationalist separatist movements may be both radical and conservative.^ For example, the word "freedom," if repeatedly associated with radical conservative themes, may be learned not with its traditional progressive meaning, but with a radical conservative meaning.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But for radical conservatives, these developments are not movements away from freedom but toward their version of freedom.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

Forms of conservatism

Liberal conservatism

Liberal conservatism is a variant of conservatism that combines conservative values and policies with liberal stances. .As these latter two terms have had different meanings over time and across countries, liberal conservatism also has a wide variety of meanings.^ My path to conservatism has been very different from the majority of long time movement figures and my cultural outlook is quite different from that of the average man of the right.

.Historically, the term often referred to the combination of economic liberalism, which champions laissez-faire markets, with the classical conservatism concern for established tradition, respect for authority and religious values.^ Real conservatism has about as much relevance to today's neo-con 'full spectrum dominance' program and priorities as liberalism has to the neo-liberal economic agenda.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That this liberal belief in progress is often balanced by a conservative respect for tradition and a libertarian favoring of the entrepreneurial spirit does not make it any less utopian.

^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.It contrasted itself with classical liberalism, which supported freedom for the individual in both the economic and social spheres.^ Facts matter, and proper framing—both deep and surface—is needed to communicate the truth about our economic, social, and political realities.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The crude duality Conservative vs Liberal contributed mightily to the confusion of economics and social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.Over time, the general conservative ideology in many countries adopted economic liberal arguments, and the term liberal conservatism was replaced with conservatism.^ Unless the facts themselves are liberal (which might explain recent conservative aversions to them), it is difficult to perceive how an argument about an alleged case of blowback is liberal .

^ It deals primarily with what conservatives and progressives generally MEAN by the term: .
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As a matter of fact, the terms Liberal and Conservative are not even antonyms.
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.This is also the case in countries where liberal economic ideas have been the tradition, such as the United States, and are thus considered conservative.^ The United States is the most powerful country on earth and it is dedicated to spreading its idea of freedom.
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^ Unless the facts themselves are liberal (which might explain recent conservative aversions to them), it is difficult to perceive how an argument about an alleged case of blowback is liberal .

^ Daniel Zubairi, Candidate United States Congress Maryland 8th http://www.choosedan.com/ Great thoughts, from a strong defender of conservative principles.

.In other countries where liberal conservative movements have entered the political mainstream, such as Italy and Spain, the terms liberal and conservative may be synonymous.^ Libertarianism may not be a fully formed, mature, political movement or ideology.

^ It has subjugated to its unanswerable authority one of this country’s political parties; and it is on the verge of conquest of the other.

^ As a matter of fact, the terms Liberal and Conservative are not even antonyms.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.The liberal conservative tradition in the United States combines the economic individualism of the classical liberals with a Burkean form of conservatism (which has also become part of the American conservative tradition, such as in the writings of Russell Kirk).^ Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Daniel Zubairi, Candidate United States Congress Maryland 8th http://www.choosedan.com/ Great thoughts, from a strong defender of conservative principles.

^ Real conservatism has about as much relevance to today's neo-con 'full spectrum dominance' program and priorities as liberalism has to the neo-liberal economic agenda.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.A secondary meaning for the term liberal conservatism that has developed in Europe is a combination of more modern conservative (less traditionalist) views with those of social liberalism.^ The designations "tragic" and "comic" are interesting and examining what those terms mean contextually within the increasingly broad libertarian spectrum gives one much to ponder.

^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
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This has developed as an opposition to the more collectivist views of socialism. .Often this involves stressing what are now conservative views of free-market economics and belief in individual responsibility, with social liberal views on defence of civil rights, environmentalism and support for a limited welfare state.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Commonwealth Conservative Four places I would rather be right now 1.

^ I think of my self as being conservative when I think of self reliance, belief in individual initiative, the conservative use of resources.
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This philosophy is that of Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. In continental Europe, this is sometimes also translated into English as social conservatism.

Conservative liberalism

.Conservative liberalism is a variant of liberalism that combines liberal values and policies with conservative stances, or, more simply, the right wing of the liberal movement.^ In a recent Taki's Magazine podcast , Richard Spencer suggests that the "alternative Right" look outside of the conservative movement for converts to the cause.

^ Cultural conservatives need to be much more forceful about putting forth content that articulates and defends traditional values.

^ It serves the purposes of the right when the public believes that conservatives and progressives are using the same idea, disagreeing only over which side is its more vigorous champion.
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[12][13][14] The roots of conservative liberalism are found at the beginning of the history of liberalism. .Until the two World Wars, in most European countries the political class was formed by conservative liberals, from Germany to Italy.^ The political class can’t imagine a decentralized world where good things happen...without them .
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^ If you believe that two healthy political parties are good for the country, this kind of public disintegration by conservatives is good.
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^ Tags: abortion , best blog , Congress , Conservative , Conservative Catholic , democrat , hot blog , independent , liberal , moderate , most read blog , News , Obama , Politics , Presidency , pro-life , Religion , Republican , top blog , update .

.Conservative liberalism is a more positive and less radical version of classical liberalism.^ Plus the silly interweb wigit in question is…classical liberal!…OMG! That pretty much skews CONSERVATIVE!!
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^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But for radical conservatives, these developments are not movements away from freedom but toward their version of freedom.
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[15] The events such as World War I occurring after 1917 brought the more radical version of classical liberalism to a more conservative (i.e. more moderate) type of liberalism.[16]

Libertarian conservatism

.Libertarian conservatism describes certain political ideologies within the United States and Canada which combines libertarian economic issues with aspects of conservatism.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Libertarianism may not be a fully formed, mature, political movement or ideology.

.Its five main branches are Constitutionalism, paleolibertarianism, neolibertarianism, small government conservatism and Christian libertarianism.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are constantly attempting to turn the executive branch of the federal government into a monarchy?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.They generally differ from paleoconservatives, in that they are in favor of more personal and economic freedom.^ Here he is writing about the differences between what conservatives and progressives generally MEAN by the term: "FREEDOM..."
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^ Simply put I agree with both men more often than not, and where there are differences they are negligible.

^ The "tragics" may have a negative view of political institutions, but they generally have a favorable view of organic communities and local customs.

[17]
Agorists such as Samuel Edward Konkin III labeled libertarian conservatism right-libertarianism.[18][19]
.In contrast to paleoconservatives, libertarian conservatives support strict laissez-faire policies such as free trade, opposition to the Federal Reserve and opposition to business regulations.^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Milburn's research suggests that a number of strong correlations exist between harsh child-rearing practices, and later adult support for such policies.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
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.They are vehemently opposed to environmental regulations, corporate welfare, subsidies, and other areas of economic intervention.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are always blocking the environmental regulations which are the only hope to keep our bodies free from carcinogens and other harmful effects?
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^ And either unwilling or unable to notice that while they believe in Heaven, they are supporting policies that create economic, social, and political hell for others.
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.Many of them have views in accord to Ludwig von Mises.^ In 1947, two titans of 20th-century economic theory, Ludwig von Mises and Wilhelm Röpke, met in Röpke’s home of Geneva, Switzerland.

.August 2008" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] However, many of them oppose abortion, as they see it as a positive liberty and violates the non-aggression principle because abortion is aggression towards the fetus.^ As he sees it, many Republican leaders have lost their bearings and, if they don't change, will lose their grip on power.

^ However, I am disappointed that, for as many times as they said they wanted to use me for things, and for as many times as I pitched them ideas, they never came through — and not only that, but they hardly if ever linked the site.
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^ After having one too many, “did you pay attention in history class” discussions with liberals I have come to the conclusion that it is because they don’t care.

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Fiscal conservatism

Fiscal conservatism is the economic philosophy of prudence in government spending and debt. Edmund Burke, in his 'Reflections on the Revolution in France', articulated its principles:
....[I]t is to the property of the citizen, and not to the demands of the creditor of the state, that the first and original faith of civil society is pledged.^ In a historic first, Uncle Sam has supplanted sales, property and income taxes as the biggest source of revenue for state and local governments.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He first states that anyone who is an alert observer of society can plainly see how few people think for themselves...
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

The claim of the citizen is prior in time, paramount in title, superior in equity. The fortunes of individuals, whether possessed by acquisition or by descent or in virtue of a participation in the goods of some community, were no part of the creditor's security, expressed or implied...[T]he public, whether represented by a monarch or by a senate, can pledge nothing but the public estate; and it can have no public estate except in what it derives from a just and proportioned imposition upon the citizens at large.
.In other words, a government does not have the right to run up large debts and then throw the burden on the taxpayer; the taxpayers' right not to be taxed oppressively takes precedence even over paying back debts a government may have imprudently undertaken.^ A large part of Green's conundrums could be cleared up readily by acknowledging that the conventional use of the word Conservative in contemporary American parlance is a joke.
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^ Wayne A. Schneider says: … Actually it was much, much easier to turn around, grab the book on the shelf right behind my right shoulder and look up the word.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ What kind of hypocrisy is it that George Bush is a murder to these people for taking out Saddam Hussein, but yet these people kill each other over a cartoon not even published in their country.

Green conservatism

.Green conservatism is a term used to refer to conservatives who have incorporated green concerns into their ideology.^ As Baldwin points out, it was Bush and McCain who damaged the term "conservative" beyond repair-- they have destroyed it.

^ There used to be conservatives and Republicans who were moderate in their views.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are constantly attempting to turn the executive branch of the federal government into a monarchy?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom under David Cameron has embraced a green agenda that includes proposals designed to impose a tax on workplace car parking spaces, a halt to airport growth, a tax on 4x4 vehicles and restrictions on car advertising.^ The Reps proposed an ammendment no one making under $250k should see their taxes go up.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

[citation needed]

Cultural conservatism

Cultural conservatism is a philosophy that supports preservation of the heritage of a nation or culture. The culture in question may be as large as Western culture or Chinese civilization or as small as that of Tibet. Cultural conservatives try to adapt norms handed down from the past. The norms may be romantic, like the anti-metric movement that demands the retention of avoirdupois weights and measures in Britain and opposes their replacement with the metric system. .They may be institutional: in the West this has included chivalry and feudalism, as well as capitalism, laicité and the rule of law.^ In many instances, law enforcement may know that someone is a member of a street gang, but they don’t know that they can arrest and charge them under RICO just for being a member.

^ As a rule they seem to favor an aggressive counterattack against prevailing traditions and social institutions.

^ The "tragics" may have a negative view of political institutions, but they generally have a favorable view of organic communities and local customs.

.In the subset social conservatism, the norms may also be what is viewed as a question of morality.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Seeing no negative consequence to their lawless and anti-social actions, the Liberal may not even think of the possibility that this kindness may be viewed as such.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

In some cultures, practices such as homosexuality are seen as immoral. In others, it is considered immoral for a woman to reveal too much of her body.
.Cultural conservatives often argue that old institutions have adapted to a particular place or culture and therefore ought to be preserved.^ Therefore conservatives very often emphasize the importance of prescription—that is, of things established by immemorial usage, so that the mind of man runneth not to the contrary.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.Others argue that a people have a right to their cultural norms, their own language and traditions.^ PJM may have had a higher composition of people that owned 4+ computers but you can bet that by buying any of those other sites you’d reach way way more of them.
  • What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC proteinwisdom.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Religious conservatism

.Religious conservatives seek to apply the teachings of particular ideologies to politics, sometimes by proclaiming the value of those teachings, at other times seeking to have those teachings influence laws.^ Because every type of conservative shares one overweening value: Opposition to the goal of the political class, i.e.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Unfortunately, he was on the other conservative radio that broadcasts on Saturday mornings this past Saturday - and frankly, I'm glad he got the radio time to help out his campaign.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Basically, all those that think they’re better than others and the rules don’t apply to them… and the idiots who agree.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

Religious conservatism may support, or be supported by, secular customs. .In other places or at other times, religious conservatism may find itself at odds with the culture in which the believers reside.^ My path to conservatism has been very different from the majority of long time movement figures and my cultural outlook is quite different from that of the average man of the right.

.In some cultures, there is conflict between two or more different groups of religious conservatives, each claiming both that their view is correct, and that opposing views are wrong.^ There used to be conservatives and Republicans who were moderate in their views.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Here he is writing about the differences between what conservatives and progressives generally MEAN by the term: "FREEDOM..."
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Basically, it is a good group of people and a mixture of both fiscal and social conservatives.

.Because many religions preserve a founding text, or at least a set of well-established traditions, the possibility of radical religious conservatism arises.^ And many of them are led to conservatism through their religious beliefs (Where?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Because they find it so difficult to admit that they, themselves, are responsible (at least in part) for creating many of the problems they complain about, they feel compelled to blame someone else.
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^ Many would claim that this is not possible because the differences between the left and right run too deep.

These are radical both in the sense of abolishing the status quo and of a perceived return to the radix or root of a belief. They are ante conservative in their claim to be preserving the belief in its original or pristine form. Radical religious conservatism generally sees the status quo as corrupted by abuses, corruption, or heresy. One example of such a movement was the Radical Reformation within the Protestant Reformation and the later Restorationists of the 1800s. Similar phenomena have arisen in practically all the world's religions, in many cases triggered by the violent cultural collision between the traditional society in question and the modern Western society that has developed throughout the world over the past 500 years.

Conservatism in different countries

Australia

Tony Abbott is the current leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. .Conservatism in Australia is related to British and American conservatism in many respects, but has a distinct political tradition.^ What many see in Huckabee and now Palin is authenticity and a sense of place that other American political figures lack.

^ If conservatives define foreign policy and control the definition of freedom itself, then the idea that they spread will not be the traditional American idea of freedom, but in many ways the very opposite.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.One scholar argues that Australian conservatism is traditionally composed of diverse groups and interests that are united more by opposition to certain political developments than by a distinct shared ideology.^ Because every type of conservative shares one overweening value: Opposition to the goal of the political class, i.e.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ To the Libs that harrumph over helping the poor - use your personal coffers rather than the public one; charity is a personal activity - doing by government is merely a political one.
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^ But they are by nature zealots and it has never taken more than a sliver of any group to seize power and unleash the worst of human excess.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

[21] In terms of partisan politics, conservatism has often been defined as opposition to the Australian Labor Party. Australian groups that have historically been grouped on the conservative side include social conservatives, British Empire nationalists, organizations supporting rural interests, anti-socialist Catholics, fundamentalist Christians and free-market liberals."[21]
.Historically, for the first 70 years after the Federation of Australia, the non-Labor (and hence implicitly conservative) side of Australian politics was associated with policies of moderate protectionism in trade, and of support for the welfare state, coupled with maintenance of Australia's ties to the British Empire.^ Did you just equate the British Empire to the modern conservative movement?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In a historic first, Uncle Sam has supplanted sales, property and income taxes as the biggest source of revenue for state and local governments.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One year ago the political prospects for left conservatives looked great.

Many scholars have seen the government of Robert Menzies as exemplifying this trend.[21] .However, from the 1980s, free-market economic policies were increasingly associated with conservatism in Australian politics, following the same trend as the United States under Ronald Reagan and the United Kingdom under Margaret Thatcher.^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
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^ Much of the "political class" is essentially going to be divested of political office and power for the first time since Ronald Reagan was President over 20 years ago.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The United States Constitution makes precisely the same number of references to the Christian god as it does to the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Zoroastrian.
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[21] .In contemporary Australian politics, the Liberal Party of Australia is seen as the main conservative party.^ The AMerican political spectrum has in the last couple of decades been forced into the Conservative-Liberal duality.
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Canada

.Canadian conservatism has always been rooted in a preference for the traditional and established ways of doing things, even as it has shifted in economic, foreign and social policy.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And either unwilling or unable to notice that while they believe in Heaven, they are supporting policies that create economic, social, and political hell for others.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no such thing as economic libertarianism, since ownership of things hinges -- today at least -- on a socialized legal/judicial/enforcement/military system.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Like Burke, they rejected the sense of both ideology and revolution, preferring pragmatism and evolution.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who fought against the American Revolution?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But my strong sense is that the phenomena they were studying - the authoritarian character structure - is both real (in terms of intra- and interpersonal dynamics, and relevant in terms of our times).
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.It is for that reason that unlike conservatives in the United States, Canadian conservatives are generally not republicans, preferring the monarchy and Westminster system of government.^ The Republican party is not conservative, they are authoritarian-that is how they governed, and that is predictably how they will govern if they ever get power again.
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^ Fascists hate Liberals, Communists hate Liberals and so does the Republican Party of the United States....
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They are very good news for conservative Republicans, and for the state of New Hampshire.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

.(The United States is a federal republic, while Canada is a constitutional monarchy, a distinction resulting from the American Revolution and its aftermath.^ The United States Constitution makes precisely the same number of references to the Christian god as it does to the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Zoroastrian.
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People's Republic of China

In the People's Republic of China, New Conservatism (新保守主义), sometimes translated as "Neoconservatism", was a movement which first arose in the early 1990s and argued that progress was best accomplished through gradual reform of society, eschewing revolution and sudden overthrow of the governmental system. This movement was based heavily on the ideas of Edmund Burke and was described in the West by the scholar Joseph Fewsmith. .Other than the name, the movement had no connection with neoconservatism in the United States (the US movement is instead referred to as Niukang in Chinese), though, from the standpoint of philosophy, it can be identified as a form of conservative thought, albeit ideologically different from "old conservatism" (旧保守主义).^ I still believe that TV and pervasive advertising are doing a great deal of damage - the conservatives I know rarely watch TV, other than sports and war movies.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Watching PJTV is no different than watching Tom Brokaw or Bill O’Reilly, except for content.
  • What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC proteinwisdom.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The United States Constitution makes precisely the same number of references to the Christian god as it does to the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Zoroastrian.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.The new conservatism movement in China was in general supportive of the current government, while at the same time being opposed to aspects of the government which advocated the notion of revolution.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who bitterly opposed the New Deal at a time when Americans were ravaged by the Great Depression and the only freedom they were desperately seeking was from unemployment, starvation, humiliation and death?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "Conservatism" emerged of course at the same time: not so fast with all this "progress" stuff or who's going to clean the stables?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Gradually, the individuals of all races have been granted their unalienable rights, but at the same time the power of government has overwhelmed its Constitutional limits and denies the rights of individuals with impunity.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Unlike the official ideology, however, Chinese new conservatism was neutral on the validity of Marxism and skeptical toward Mao Zedong, founder and long-time leader of the People's Republic of China.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who bitterly opposed the New Deal at a time when Americans were ravaged by the Great Depression and the only freedom they were desperately seeking was from unemployment, starvation, humiliation and death?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This is nothing new folks.......10's or 100's of thousands of people have taken these tests and the results have been PROVEN TO BE VALID, REPEATABLE SCIENCE. .
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For people who peruse blogs, however, the most interesting item was probably a sidebar about Granite Viewpoint , a Seacoast-based blog that I have linked to many times.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

Chinese new conservatism had significant support from the Shanghai Clique in the Politburo.
.Seen from a Chinese new-conservative perspective, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Protests of 1989 were all in error in that they attempted to change society through revolutionary means.^ Tenth , the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.
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^ They think that they are going to become rich, and all of these conservative ideas are going to be good for them.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They are very good news for conservative Republicans, and for the state of New Hampshire.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

Republic of China

In the Republic of China, the conservative Kuomintang (KMT) (the most popular party) generally supports Chinese nationalism and Chinese reunification.

Germany

Angela Merkel, the first female chancellor of Germany.
In Germany, conservatism has often been represented by Christian Democratic parties. They form the bulk of the European People's Party faction in the European Parliament. The origin of these parties is usually in Catholic parties of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Catholic social teaching was their original inspiration. Over the years, conservatism gradually became their main ideological inspiration, and they generally became less Catholic. The German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Dutch Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) are Protestant-Catholic parties.

India

Conservatism in India is represented by Hindu nationalist parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[22]. .BJP advocates conservative social policies, self reliance, robust economic growth, foreign policy driven by a nationalist agenda, and strong national defense.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I think of my self as being conservative when I think of self reliance, belief in individual initiative, the conservative use of resources.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It unifies radical conservative positions on issues across a wide spectrum of domestic and foreign policy.
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.Hindutva has a special place in its ideology and the party believes that ancient Hindu culture and values will make India a more enlightened society.^ I believe you can make a viable argument that the Republican Party is no longer fulfilling its historic roll as the loyal opposition.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ And why TEA Party backed candidates are starting to make waves even as the polls say that people , more and more, are trusting the TEA Partiers than the Democrats (or Republicans)?
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

BJP falls more correctly in the Centre-right definition.

Iran

.In Iran, conservatism is represented by parties such as the Combatant Clergy Association (CCA), which includes the nation’s foremost politicized clerics (including the current Supreme Leader) [23] and is considered to be part of the "Islamic right".[24] The CCA was the majority party in the fourth and fifth parliaments after the Islamic revolution.^ So much for the unalienable right to life for his grandchildren-- Such a fine example set by our “dear leader.” What part of the Fourth does he honor?
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^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He represents that new third, far right of center party: The Batshit Crazy Moron Party .
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

[25] It was founded in 1977 by a group of clerics with intentions to use cultural approaches to overthrow the Shah.[26] .Some conservative Iranian political parties and organizations are part of the powerful Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran.^ If you believe that two healthy political parties are good for the country, this kind of public disintegration by conservatives is good.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ The Republican party is not conservative, they are authoritarian-that is how they governed, and that is predictably how they will govern if they ever get power again.
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^ Round about some of the NH Conservative sites - week of 1/2/10, Part 1 .
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Israel

.In Israel, Likud is the major centre-right political party.^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Founded in 1973 as an alliance of several right-wing and liberal parties, Likud's victory in the 1977 elections was a major turning point in the country's political history.^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
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^ It seems to me to be simply childish and a form of taunting to go to a progressive blog and spout simple minded right wing talking points.
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^ I have yet to see a Liberatian who isn't a worse right wing nut case than what is currently in the Republican party.
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[27] .Likud supports free market capitalism and liberalism.^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
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^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

Likud, under the guidance of Finance minister Binyamin Netanyahu, pushed through legislation to reduce value added tax (VAT), income and corporate taxes, as well as customs duty. .The party has instituted free trade (especially with the European Union and the United States) and has dismantled certain monopolies (e.g.^ Fascists hate Liberals, Communists hate Liberals and so does the Republican Party of the United States....
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Bezeq and the sea ports). It has privatized numerous government-owned companies (e.g. El Al and Bank Leumi).
Likud has in the past espoused hawkish policies towards the Palestinians, including opposition to Palestinian statehood and support of the Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, it has also been the party which carried out the first peace agreements with Arab states. .For instance, in 1979, Likud Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, signed the Camp David Accords with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, which returned the Sinai Peninsula (occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967) to Egypt in return for peace between the two countries.^ The only ones who have benefited are the corporate fat cats, war profiteers and power-mad neocons, while our country has fallen on evil days.
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Yitzhak Shamir also granted some legitimacy to the Palestinians by meeting them at the ill-fated Madrid Conference following the Persian Gulf War in 1991. However, Shamir refused to concede the idea of a Palestinian state, and as a result was blamed by some (including U.S. Secretary of State James Baker) for the failure of the summit. Later, as Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu restated Likud's position of opposing Palestinian statehood, which after the Oslo Accords was largely accepted by the opposition Labor Party, even though the shape of any such state was not clear.
The Likud emphasize such nationalist themes as the flag and the victory in Israel's 1948 war with neighbouring Arab states. The Likud advocates teaching values in childhood education. .The Likud endorses press freedom and promotion of private-sector media, which has grown markedly under governments Likud has led.^ Everything from the one about the liberal bias in the media, or the one about Ronald Reagan ending the Cold War, to the one about how the private sector is so much more efficient than the government.
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^ The Obama Administration has promoted a so-called “government option” whereby the federal government would offer health insurance in competition with the private sector.
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^ He works against freedom of the press by secretly paying journalists to promote his policies and by denying access to reporters who criticize his policies.
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A Likud government headed by Ariel Sharon, however, closed the popular right-wing pirate radio station Arutz 7 ("Channel 7). Arutz 7 was popular with the settlement movement and often criticised the government from a right-wing perspective. However, the Likud is inclined towards the Torah and expresses support for it within the context of civil Judaism, as a result of its Irgun past, which aligned itself according to the word of the Tanakh.

Japan

Junichiro Koizumi, a leader of the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) who won the largest party majority ever in modern Japanese history.
.Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party - which has dominated elections for half a century - traditionally identified itself with a number of general goals such as rapid, export-based economic growth and close cooperation with the United States in foreign and defense policies, as well as several newer issues, such as administrative reform.^ And true to form, Bruce at No Looking Backwards is first out of the gate with a slap against that Progressive / Liberal policy that states "your right to self-defense should be exercised by your local Police Dept - cooperate with your attacker!"
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^ Barton Bernstein's 1969 Towards a New Past contains a brilliant essay titled 'The New Deal: the Conservative Achievements of Liberal Reform'.
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^ It does not convey the sense of urgency that should come with an issue of this magnitude and it does not provide any assurance to the public, including most especially the conservative base that is the heart of the Republican Party, that Republican Senators are willing to do everything it takes to stop this bill.
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.Administrative reform encompassed several themes: simplification and streamlining of government bureaucracy; privatization of stateowned enterprises; and adoption of measures, including tax reform, needed to prepare for the strain on the economy posed by an aging society.^ The Obama Administration has promoted a so-called “government option” whereby the federal government would offer health insurance in competition with the private sector.
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Other priorities in the early 1990s included promoting a more active and positive role for Japan in the rapidly developing Asia-Pacific region, internationalizing Japan's economy by liberalizing and promoting domestic demand, creating a hightechnology information society, and promoting scientific research.

Nepal

.The Nepali politics can be viewed as a very interesting clash of left wing parties, liberal democratic parties, conservative democratic parties and the ultra-conservatism practiced by the now-abolished Monarchy.^ Would the Democrat Party EVER accept JFK's words now?
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^ In just 10 months a building political wave is going to sweep away much of the Democratic party in America.
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.Because of the decade long Maoist insurgency and the movements of other parties, people of Nepal seem to be rejecting the idea of extreme conservatism, and consequently the Nepalese monarchy has now been abolished.^ (I think the reason why it might seem like they value money is because money has always been the primary means through which people in this society exercise power since we do not have a noble or royal class as many other societies still do.
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^ But to them, the free market isn't fair because winners and losers are determined, not by the government, but by other factors, including people's raw efforts .
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^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are always trying to control other people's sexuality?
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However, an intense debate still exists between intellectuals and political activists regarding the degree of conservatism in Nepali politics. .While the Unified CPN (Maoist) propose a progressive ideology, rejecting all the conservative ideas; The CPN-UML, a democratic party with communist background, seems to be supporting progressive ideas blended with some conservatism.^ Obama won't be campaigning for you-- he'll be cutting commercials for Hodes or some other such challenger from the Democratic Party.
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^ As the author of the post points out, conservatives can vary on the foundational ideas define what Conservatism.
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.The right wing party of Nepali Congress, is considered to be more conservative than others because of their history of supporting the idea of the now abolished Hindu State as well as the idea of Ceremonial Monarchy.^ I do beleve, we have more of the other, than the former.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This is because every conservative understands that rights are not granted by government, but are inalienable.
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^ He wasn't voted into office by the support of conservatives, he was voted into office by the real conservatives who hated even more the alternatives to Bush.
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However, Nepali Congress too has adopted a Republican set up after the 2006 democracy movement in Nepal.
.Historians view the inter party clash in this small nation as a melting pot of all the ideologies of the political spectrum and the intense discussions continues to intrigue many political analysts.^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
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Netherlands

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a writer and a former MEP from the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.
.The Dutch conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy advocates lower taxes, legal cannabis and legal euthanasia.^ If people want to use these substances and can do so without harming others, why do conservatives insist on restricting that freedom?
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.The Party for Freedom is a newly formed conservative party, advocating strict restriction on immigration from Muslim countries, free-market capitalism, and a return to humanist and Christian traditions.^ If you believe that two healthy political parties are good for the country, this kind of public disintegration by conservatives is good.
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^ I welcome all of the conservatives and right of center newly christianed independents to converge here today and tell me just who their leaders are and why?
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^ For example, the word "freedom," if repeatedly associated with radical conservative themes, may be learned not with its traditional progressive meaning, but with a radical conservative meaning.
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It is led by Geert Wilders.

New Zealand

John Key, Current Prime Minister of New Zealand.
.The New Zealand National Party ("National" or "the Nats") currently currently forms the largest (in terms of parliamentary seats) political party in the next New Zealand Parliament, and thus function as the core of a governing coalition.^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
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^ I hope that the current positions that marginalize the party (in my view the bigotry and extreme partisanship) will be discarded and a new party will form with the more legitimate positions (in my view, more libertarian and tolerant) will survive.
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^ Or how about a government program that persecutes political parties, or minorities, or journalists the authorities do not like, by putting them in jail, even torturing and killing them.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.For many decades "National" has been the largest liberal-conservative political party in New Zealand.^ If you believe that two healthy political parties are good for the country, this kind of public disintegration by conservatives is good.
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^ Barton Bernstein's 1969 Towards a New Past contains a brilliant essay titled 'The New Deal: the Conservative Achievements of Liberal Reform'.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It's not all conservatives though, but many have been towing the party line nicely.
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.The National Party currently advocates policies of reducing taxes, reducing social welfare payments, promoting free trade, restoring or maintaining New Zealand's defence alliances, and promoting one standard of citizenship for all New Zealanders ("One law for all").^ The Kevorkian method is currently denounced by all major political parties, so your point is lost on all ears, bud.
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^ Gob-smacked, the tax was all the buzz at a recent national convention of tax accountants held in New York City.
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^ I hope that the current positions that marginalize the party (in my view the bigotry and extreme partisanship) will be discarded and a new party will form with the more legitimate positions (in my view, more libertarian and tolerant) will survive.
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Saudi Arabia

.Saudi Arabia has been under the influence of conservative clerics who uphold a strict interpretation of Islamic law, and the monarchy supports conservative social polices.^ He wasn't voted into office by the support of conservatives, he was voted into office by the real conservatives who hated even more the alternatives to Bush.
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[28] Women are required to dress modestly, and all sexual activity outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage is illegal. Dancing, playing music or showing movies in public are forbidden.[29]

Scandinavian countries

.In Scandinavian countries, conservatism has been represented in liberal conservative parties such as the National Coalition party in Finland, the Moderate Party in Sweden, Høyre in Norway and the Conservative People's Party in Denmark.^ If you believe that two healthy political parties are good for the country, this kind of public disintegration by conservatives is good.
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^ I think we need the input of such deep thinking conservatives as conservative guy to get a better handle on who leads and speaks for conservatism….
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^ Bluestocking says: It increasingly seems as if there’s no such thing as either a moderate Republican or a rational conservative any more.
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.Domestically, these parties generally support market-oriented policies.^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
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.Denmark's conservative-liberal Venstre has been characterized as a classical liberal party.^ Plus the silly interweb wigit in question is…classical liberal!…OMG! That pretty much skews CONSERVATIVE!!
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^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
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.Their former leader (Anders Fogh Rasmussen) wrote the book Fra Socialstat til Minimalstat (English: From Social State to Minimal State), which advocated an extensive reform along classical liberal lines.^ In a certain sense, it doesn't matter what "type" of conservative, whether common sense conservative, social conservative, 2nd Amendment conservative, libertarian conservative, or free market conservative (classical liberal).
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South Korea

.In the 2008 parliamentary elections, the conservative Grand National Party won 37% of the vote in South Korea, compared with 25% for the liberal United Democratic Party[30].^ Labels, however, can also be misleading with a number of NH Republicans who vote more often with Democrats than in line with the Republican Party Platform.
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^ If Roger, as Grand PuBah of “conservative internet thought”, doesn’t want this site because it won’t go along to get along, then fuck him square in the ass.
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^ Obama won't be campaigning for you-- he'll be cutting commercials for Hodes or some other such challenger from the Democratic Party.
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.After decades of free market policies, free trade, and low taxation, South Korea is a major economic power and one of the wealthiest countries in Asia.^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The only ones who have benefited are the corporate fat cats, war profiteers and power-mad neocons, while our country has fallen on evil days.
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It had one of the world's fastest growing economies since the 1960s, now highly developed[31] and the fourth largest[32] in Asia and 13th largest[33] in the world. Forming the G20 industrial nations and the world's top ten exporters, it is an APEC and OECD member, defined as a High Income Nation by the World Bank and an Advanced Economy by the IMF and CIA. The Asian Tiger is leading the Next Eleven nations and is still among the world's fastest growing developed countries.[31] Today, its success story is known as the "Miracle on the Han River", a role model for many developing countries.[34]

United Kingdom

Conservatism in the United Kingdom is related to its counterparts in other Western nations, but has a distinct tradition. .Edmund Burke is often considered the father of conservatism in the English-speaking world.^ The rigidity in the way an authoritarian perceives the world and himself is often exhibited as a generalized unwillingness to consider perspectives that conflict with his (or her) own preconceived ideas.
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Burke was a Whig, while the term Tory is given to the later Conservative Party. One Australian scholar argues, "For Edmund Burke and Australians of a like mind, the essence of conservatism lies not in a body of theory, but in the disposition to maintain those institutions seen as central to the beliefs and practices of society."[21]
Margaret Thatcher, a radical reformer of Britain.
The old established form of English, and after the Act of Union, British conservatism, was the Tory Party. .It reflected the attitudes of a rural land owning class, and championed the institutions of the monarchy, the Anglican Church, the family, and property as the best defence of the social order.^ Maybe if you were talking about a hard working rural family that grew their own food raised their own livestock.
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In the early stages of the industrial revolution, it seemed to be totally opposed to a process that seemed to undermine some of these bulwarks. .The new industrial elite were seen by many as enemies to the social order.^ There are a few species, like sharks and crocodiles, that have been around for many epochs but, in general, a new order of life evolves following epoch ending events.
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.Robert Peel was able to reconcile the new industrial class to the Tory landed class by persuading the latter to accept the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. He created a new political group that sought to preserve the old status quo while accepting the basics of laissez-faire and free trade.^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
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^ Saddam Hussein would "fall"—symbolized by his statue falling, an image played over and over on American TV—and a new democratic government would immediately replace the old tyranny.
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The new coalition of traditional landowners and sympathetic industrialists constituted the new Conservative Party.
Benjamin Disraeli gave the new party a political ideology. As a young man, he was influenced by the romantic movement and medievalism, and developed a devastating critique of industrialism. In his novels, he outlined an England divided into two nations, each living in perfect ignorance of each other. He foresaw, like Karl Marx, the phenomenon of an alienated industrial proletariat. .His solution involved a return to an idealised view of a corporate or organic society, in which everyone had duties and responsibilities towards other people or groups.^ The primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether universal or individual.
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^ Login or register to post comments report this comment BeForKids November 27th, 2007 2:13 am nspire, the people the media are most responsive to are the corporate advertisers.
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This "one nation" conservatism is still a significant tradition in British politics. It has animated a great deal of social reform undertaken by successive Conservative governments.
.Although nominally a Conservative, Disraeli was sympathetic to some of the demands of the Chartists and argued for an alliance between the landed aristocracy and the working class against the increasing power of the middle class, helping to found the Young England group in 1842 to promote the view that the rich should use their power to protect the poor from exploitation by the middle class.^ The cost is payed by the middle class ,and the poor.
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^ We poor and middle class have something far more powerful than money, our numbers.
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^ There used to be conservatives and Republicans who were moderate in their views.
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The conversion of the Conservative Party into a modern mass organisation was accelerated by the concept of Tory Democracy attributed to Lord Randolph Churchill.
.A Liberal-Conservative coalition during World War I, coupled with the ascent of the Labour Party, hastened the collapse of the Liberals in the 1920s.^ The AMerican political spectrum has in the last couple of decades been forced into the Conservative-Liberal duality.
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After World War II, the Conservative Party made concessions to the socialist policies of the Left. .This compromise was a pragmatic measure to regain power, but also the result of the early successes of central planning and state ownership forming a cross-party consensus.^ He isn't, but if during all his years in office, he has not developed any real plans for his succession, then he has either failed his people and party miserably or he never really intended to give up power.
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This was known as Butskellism, after the almost identical Keynesian policies of Rab Butler on behalf of the Conservatives, and Hugh Gaitskell for Labour.
.However, in the 1980s, under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, and the influence of Keith Joseph, there was a dramatic shift in the ideological direction of British conservatism, with a movement towards free-market economic policies.^ And we are seeing the promotion of a new form of free-market colonialism in the guise of free-trade agreements and globalization, and even the use of military force to support these policies.
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As one commentator explains, "The privatization of state owned industries, unthinkable before, became commonplace [during Thatcher's government] and has now been imitated all over the world."[35] Some commentators have questioned whether Thatcherism was consistent with the traditional concept of conservatism in the United Kingdom, and saw her views as more consistent with radical classical liberalism. .Thatcher was described as "a radical in a conservative party"[35], and her ideology has been seen as confronting "established institutions" and the "accepted beliefs of the elite"[35], both concepts incompatible with the traditional conception of conservatism as signifying support for the established order and existing social convention.^ For example, the word "freedom," if repeatedly associated with radical conservative themes, may be learned not with its traditional progressive meaning, but with a radical conservative meaning.
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^ I find it interesting to think about what goes on "inside" both the leaders and followers of the "By-Definition-Lying-'conservative' ideology."
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^ There are no conservatives anymore, radicals have taken over the Republican party.
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United States

.Conservatism in the United States includes a variety of political ideologies including fiscal conservatism, supply-side economics, social conservatism, libertarian conservatism, bioconservatism and religious conservatism,[36] as well as support for a strong military.^ Facts matter, and proper framing—both deep and surface—is needed to communicate the truth about our economic, social, and political realities.
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^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
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^ Corporate control of the economy, the military, the judicial, the educational system, religion, and various social elements is NOT conservatism!
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Modern American conservatism was largely born out of alliance between classical liberals and social conservatives in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.^ Plus the silly interweb wigit in question is…classical liberal!…OMG! That pretty much skews CONSERVATIVE!!
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^ The crude duality Conservative vs Liberal contributed mightily to the confusion of economics and social issues.
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^ A large part of Green's conundrums could be cleared up readily by acknowledging that the conventional use of the word Conservative in contemporary American parlance is a joke.
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[37]
.Contemporary American conservatism traces its heritage back to Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke, who developed his views in response to the French Revolution.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who fought against the American Revolution?
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^ As a result the authoritarian has little tolerance for people who are working in intrinsically ambiguous areas - philosophers, artists, social or political leaders.
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[38] US President Abraham Lincoln wrote, that conservatism is "the adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried."[39] US president Ronald Reagan, who was a self-declared conservative, is widely seen as a symbol of American conservatism.[40] In an interview, he said "I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism."[41] Organizations in the US committed to promoting conservative ideology include the American Conservative Union, Eagle Forum, Heritage Foundation and the Hoover Institution. US-based media outlets that are conservative include Human Events, National Review, The American Conservative, Policy Review, and The Weekly Standard.
.In the US, social conservatives emphasize traditional views of social units such as the family, church, or locale.^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
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^ The conservative is not opposed to social improvement, although he doubts whether there is any such force as a mystical Progress, with a Roman P, at work in the world.
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^ Seeing no negative consequence to their lawless and anti-social actions, the Liberal may not even think of the possibility that this kindness may be viewed as such.
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.Social conservatism may entail defining marriage as relationships between one man and one woman (thereby prohibiting same-sex marriage and polygamy) and laws placing restrictions on the practice of abortion.^ In undermining marriage, it is one of the major factors in undermining social stability.
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.While many religious conservatives believe that government should have a role in defending moral values, libertarian conservatives such as Barry Goldwater advocated a hands-off government where social values were concerned.^ The story of democratic development has been a sorry tale of the continuing trade-off of personal liberty in the name of a greater social good as defined by a powerful parental government.
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^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
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^ The fact that we have to add this to our NH Constitution to defend the Rights of Parents says lots about the busy-bodies that now believe that they should have use of the force of Government to get between parents and their offspring simply because either .
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Psychology

.A meta-analysis of research literature by Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway in 2003 found that many factors, such as intolerance of ambiguity and need for cognitive closure, contribute to the degree of one's political conservatism.^ I think we need the input of such deep thinking conservatives as conservative guy to get a better handle on who leads and speaks for conservatism….
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^ Login or register to post comments report this comment PowerofLove November 25th, 2007 6:37 pm Lakoff is one of the pre-eminent cognitive researchers addressing contemporary politics.
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[42] A study by Kathleen Maclay stated these traits "might be associated with such generally valued characteristics as personal commitment and unwavering loyalty." .The research also suggested that both liberals and conservatives are resistant to change; liberals simply have a higher tolerance.^ George Seldes used to call them 'reactionaries', rather than 'conservatives', as they 'react' in opposition to any liberal or progressive change for the betterment of society.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He suggested to me, and mom, who aren't conservatives, that in the next election Americans of all stripes go and vote all their incumbents from both major parties out of office.
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[43]
.According to psychologist Robert Altemeyer, individuals who are politically conservative tend to rank high in Right-Wing Authoritarianism on his RWA scale.^ As a result the authoritarian has little tolerance for people who are working in intrinsically ambiguous areas - philosophers, artists, social or political leaders.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I welcome all of the conservatives and right of center newly christianed independents to converge here today and tell me just who their leaders are and why?
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ I have yet to see a Liberatian who isn't a worse right wing nut case than what is currently in the Republican party.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

[44] This finding was echoed by Theodor Adorno. .A study done on Israeli and Palestinian students in Israel found that RWA scores of right-wing party supporters were significantly higher than those of left-wing party supporters.^ Indeed, aside from those they toss out, the party is more homogeneous than ever.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ I have yet to see a Liberatian who isn't a worse right wing nut case than what is currently in the Republican party.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Left/right are hung up on particular forms of oppression, rather than oppression itself.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

[45] However, a 2005 study by H. Michael Crowson and colleagues suggested a moderate gap between RWA and other conservative positions. "The results indicated that conservatism is not synonymous with RWA." [46]
.Psychologist Felicia Pratto and her colleagues have found evidence to support the idea that a high Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) is strongly correlated with conservative political views, and opposition to social engineering to promote equality, though Pratto's findings have been highly controversial.^ I have trouble with the idea that someone is evil or crazy based solely on their political views.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Economic libertarians will be put in the Conservative box in the US, even though they may have 'liberalist' views regarding social issues.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Because every type of conservative shares one overweening value: Opposition to the goal of the political class, i.e.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

[47] Pratto and her colleagues found that high SDO scores were highly correlated with measures of prejudice. .They were refuted in this claim by David J. Schneider, who wrote that "correlations between prejudice and political conservative are reduced virtually to zero when controls for SDO are instituted" [48] and by Kenneth Minogue who wrote "It is characteristic of the conservative temperament to value established identities, to praise habit and to respect prejudice, not because it is irrational, but because such things anchor the darting impusles of human beings in solidities of custom which we do not often begin to value until we are already losing them.^ Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Thanks to all of you who point out that the central criteria to consider is decency, integrity, honesty - solid conservative values.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Dyer observes that one of the things such a person seems most afraid of - is admitting (to others or to themselves) that they have not always been "right."
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

.Radicalism often generates youth movements, while conservatism is a condition found among the mature, who have discovered what it is in life they most value."^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who fought against the American Revolution?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are always trying to take that freedom away from us, especially women and minorities?
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Discipline is the foundation of most of life's success Family is the major unit where values are learned, ingrained, and used for measuring life's success and failures (and discipline is one of those values) Let me add this - .
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

[49]
Another study stated that opposition is not based on racism or sexism, but on a "principled conservatism,"[50] a perspective based on "concern for equity, color-blindness, and genuine conservative values." Furthermore, the study suggested that racism and conservatism are independent, and weakly correlated among the highly educated. .In an effort to examine the relationship between education, SDO, and racism, Sidanius and his colleagues conducted a survey in which subjects were asked about their political and social attitudes.^ Facts matter, and proper framing—both deep and surface—is needed to communicate the truth about our economic, social, and political realities.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Later research by Milburn and associates has explored in more detail the complex relationship between authoritarianism and political ideology.
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

[50] Results indicated partial support for the principled-conservatism position. However, contrary to predictions, correlations among SDO, political conservatism, and racism were strongest among the most well educated, and weakest among the least well educated.[50]

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Further reading

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  • RightWingersGuide.com
  • Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses / Theodore Dalrymple (2005) ISBN 1566636434
  • Fascists and conservatives : the radical right and the establishment in twentieth-century Europe / Martin Blinkhorn., 1990
  • Edmund Burke.^ William Buckley Jr's 1970 American Conservative Thought in the Twentieth Century obscures the hell out of the label.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In thinking this way, progressives are blinding themselves to the real and constant progress by the radical right toward cultural and political domination.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Would Baier agree that we on the left were right to be cynical of our previous government?
    • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    Reflections on the Revolution in France, Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. .October 1997: ISBN 0-87220-020-5 (paper).
  • Crunden, Robert, The Superfluous Men: Critics of American Culture, 1900–1945, 1999. ISBN 1-882926-30-7
  • Recent conservative political thought : American perspectives / Russell G Fryer., 1979
  • Paul E. Gottfried, The Conservative Movement, 1993. ISBN 0-8057-9749-1
  • The British Right : Conservative and right wing politics in Britain / Neill Nugent., 1977
  • America alone : the neo-conservatives and the global order / Stefan A Halper., 2004
  • Ted Honderich Conservatism
  • Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind, 7th Ed., 2001. ISBN 0-89526-171-5
  • Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence, 1993. ISBN 1-882926-01-3
  • The conservative press in twentieth-century America / Ronald Lora., 1999
  • From the New Deal to the New Right: race and the southern origins of modern conservatism / Joseph E Lowndes., 2008
  • Jerry Z. Muller Conservatism
  • Right-wing women : from conservatives to extremists around the world / P Bacchetta., 2002
  • Unmaking law : the Conservative campaign to roll back the common law / Jay M Feinman., 2004
  • Radicals or conservatives?^ William Buckley Jr's 1970 American Conservative Thought in the Twentieth Century obscures the hell out of the label.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If Americans are to hold on to freedom as they grew up with it, as they have come to know it and love it, then they have to understand that there is a radically different and frightening notion of what extremists on the right call "freedom" shaping our culture and our political life.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who bitterly opposed the New Deal at a time when Americans were ravaged by the Great Depression and the only freedom they were desperately seeking was from unemployment, starvation, humiliation and death?
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The contemporary American right / James McEvoy., 1971
  • Robert Nisbet Conservatism: Dream and Reality, 2001. ISBN 0-7658-0862-5
  • James Page, 'Ought the Neo-Cons Be Considered Conservatives?^ Real conservatism has about as much relevance to today's neo-con 'full spectrum dominance' program and priorities as liberalism has to the neo-liberal economic agenda.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Um, I really have to ask our esteemed guests from the right-leaning world; Is Becky the voice of conservatism or not?
    • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ And these neo-cons are really a bunch of fascist thugs who want to rule the world.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    A Philosophical Response'.AQ: Journal of Contemporary Analysis. 75(6):32-33/40. 2003; available on-line at http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00003599/
  • Conservatism in America since 1930 : a reader / Gregory L Schneider., 2003
  • Noel O'Sullivan Conservatism
  • The new racism : conservatives and the ideology of the tribe / Martin Barker., 1982
  • A time for choosing : the rise of modern American conservatism / Jonathan M Schoenwald., 2001
  • Roger Scruton The Meaning of Conservatism
  • Facing fascism : the Conservative party and the European dictators, 1935–1940 / N J Crowson., 1997
  • Alexander Lee and Timothy Stanley The End of Politics: Triangulation, Realignment and the Battle for the Centre Ground (Politico's Publishing, 17 July 2006): ISBN 1-84275-174-3 (hardcover)
  • James Fitzjames Stephen, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

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.Conservatism is a philosophy defined by Edmund Burke as "a disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve". The term derives from conserve; from Latin conservare, to keep, guard, observe.^ (Yet conservatives know, with Burke, that healthy "change is the means of our preservation."
  • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

^ As the author of the post points out, conservatives can vary on the foundational ideas define what Conservatism.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Kirk further changes the subject to define conservative s instead of conservatism: [...
  • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

.Classical conservatism does not readily avail itself to the ideology of objectives.^ Conservatism, as the ideology we observe playing itself out - .
  • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

It is a philosophy primarily concerned with means over ends. .To a conservative, the goal of change is less important than the insistence that change be effected with a respect for the rule of law and traditions of society.^ Tenth , the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.
  • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thereby demonstrating that you’re probably working in a less cluttered environment than I, at least with respect to a dictionary.
  • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ What conservatives generally mean by this is the idea that society should return to the values of an earlier time that presumably would enable the "traditional" family to thrive.
  • Conservatism: The Politics Of Ignorance and Self-Interest 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.bidstrup.com [Source type: Original source]

For

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  • "I am a conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a radical to remove all that is bad.^ For no serious conservative, nor indeed any unserious conservative that I can think of, has ever said that traditional practices and beliefs are always good, or ought always to be preserved.

    ^ The obscenely wealthy do not renounce their wealth as a true conservative would - after all, flaunting good fortune is unseemly.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just because we have had criminals in our government for decades does not mean that they are 'conservatives' - they just hide behind the word, just like radical extremists always do...
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few." .
  • The conservative hates all action against the order, the constitution, the laws, the moral, the liberty, the equality, the tolerance, the property, the security and the civilization.^ The anti-imperial, pro-civil liberties, pro-constitution base is not on the right.

    ^ If the reason that Rawls denied the existence of all moral desert is because he thought he had to deny it in order to arrive at his veil of ignorance, then he might welcome correction of this mistake.
    • Leftists on conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.rawls.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ First , the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order.
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

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    • Jose Eusebio Caro
  • A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation
  • [I]t is to the property of the citizen, and not to the demands of the creditor of the state, that the first and original faith of civil society is pledged.^ Tenth , the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In a historic first, Uncle Sam has supplanted sales, property and income taxes as the biggest source of revenue for state and local governments.
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What conservatives generally mean by this is the idea that society should return to the values of an earlier time that presumably would enable the "traditional" family to thrive.
    • Conservatism: The Politics Of Ignorance and Self-Interest 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.bidstrup.com [Source type: Original source]

    The claim of the citizen is prior in time, paramount in title, superior in equity. .The fortunes of individuals, whether possessed by acquisition or by descent or in virtue of a participation in the goods of some community, were no part of the creditor's security, expressed or implied...[T]he public, whether represented by a monarch or by a senate, can pledge nothing but the public estate; and it can have no public estate except in what it derives from a just and proportioned imposition upon the citizens at large.^ A system where everyone is equal and one no longer works for themselves but the collective good of the community.
    • Conservatism Is Dead | The New Republic 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.tnr.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In large part, this explains the prior success of Huckabee, though it does not explain his failure to build a broad coalition, something Palin seems to have had no trouble doing.

    ^ Don’t they just keep that on the air to satisfy some FCC “public interest” requirement?
    • What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC proteinwisdom.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Edmund Burke on fiscal conservatism, Reflections on the Revolution in France [1790] (London: Penguin Classics, 1986), pp. .207-8.
  • The perils of change are so great, the promise of the most hopeful theories is so often deceptive, that it is frequently the wiser part to uphold the existing state of things, if it can be done, even though, in point of argument, it should be utterly indefensible.^ While I can accept the argument that many of Rush's stated positions should find support among libertarians, I have found it impossible in Rush's case to separate style from substance.
    • Small Tent Conservatism - Reason Magazine 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nowadays, though, most of the people who call themselves "conservatives" have little notion of what conservatism even is.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Though the paleoconservatives of old were right on most of the particulars, they were starting from a reference point that was a dead end and allowed for easy neocon takeover.

    • Lord Salisbury, c. .1890. Quoted in Peter Clarke, A Question of Leadership (Penguin, 1991).
  • The use of Conservatism was to delay changes 'til they became harmless.^ Indeed, if conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are limiting the freedom of individuals to use drugs of any sort?
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ George Seldes used to call them 'reactionaries', rather than 'conservatives', as they 'react' in opposition to any liberal or progressive change for the betterment of society.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower.^ And I do believe that unlike Bush, Obama is a man who can be reasoned with and will not be completely unreachable once his mind is made up.

    .A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.^ And I do believe that unlike Bush, Obama is a man who can be reasoned with and will not be completely unreachable once his mind is made up.

    ^ What makes them "conservatives" is not that they want to conserve the achievements of those who fought to deepen American democracy.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Their alternative of course is Hillary Clinton, a woman who sacraficed everything to be with a man who would bring her to power.

    .
  • A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.^ To them the warfare state and erosion of civil liberties are vastly more important and relevant than the overturning of Roe v.

    ^ PREAMBLE We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America...
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nations grown corrupt Love bondage more than liberty; Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.” .
    • What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC proteinwisdom.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.^ They are meant to protect personal liberty and state sovereignty, not negotiate the terms of surrender .
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But when people lose the capacity to feel emotions, they also lose the capacity to think rationally.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Important ideas like freedom that involve values and have a complex internal structure are usually contested—that is, different people have different understandings of what they mean.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Conservatives do not believe that political struggle is the most important thing in life...The simplest among them prefer fox-hunting—the wisest religion.^ But it's never even begun to be lived up to by most politically successful "conservatives".
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I'm more in agreement in that conservatives don't believe that "things can be better" overall.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: abortion , best blog , Cafaldi , Catholic teaching , Catholicism , Conservative , Conservative Catholic , democrat , independent , liberal , moderate , most popular blog , most read blog , NPR , pro-life , Religion , Republican , right to life , theology , top blog , woman .

    • Quintin Hogg, The Case for Conservatism (Penguin, 1947), p. .10.
  • To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.^ In fact, her lack of class credentials seems to be what makes it possible for some conservatives to be horrified by her.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    .Familiar relationships and loyalties will be preferred to the allure of more profitable attachments; to acquire and to enlarge will be less important than to keep, to cultivate and to enjoy; the grief of loss will be more acute than the excitement of novelty or promise.^ Tanenhaus refreshingly worries less about Christian fundamentalism than about the more general dangers of anger, to which he deems long-embattled conservatives prone.
    • Conservatism Turned Upside Down by Mark Riebling, City Journal 16 October 2009 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.city-journal.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The revival spirit and the pastoral system came into North Carolina later and more gradually than in the midwestern meetings, and thus polarization was less severe.
    • A Short History of Conservative Friends 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC www.snowcamp.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When money has become more important than people, greed has always caused the bottom to fall out.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is to be equal to one's own fortune, to live at the level of one's own means, to be content with the want of greater perfection which belongs alike to oneself and one's circumstances.^ If the States want the Feds to butt out on insisting on their Rights, they have to also be willing to stand on their Responsibilities to live within their own houses as well.
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Michael Oakeshott, On Being Conservative (1962).
  • The kind of Conservatism which he (Keith Joseph) and I...favoured would be best described as "liberal", in the old-fashioned sense.^ Rank and file conservatives are tired of being taken for granted at best and held in contempt at worst by the GOP politicians and nominally conservative MSM pundits.
    • Small Tent Conservatism - Reason Magazine 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ How old does the proof have to be before conservatives would accept the New Deal and adopt it into conservatism?
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In that case, the finding that liberals tend to reject closure would be more indicative of a psychological tic than the finding that conservatives embrace closure.
    • Leftists on conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.rawls.org [Source type: Original source]

    And I mean the liberalism of Mr. Gladstone not of the latter day collectivists. .
  • But you say you are conservative - eminently conservative - while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort.^ Now, since most Republicans say they're conservatives, my remaining problem is what to call the Democrats, something specific for them only.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? .We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by 'our fathers who framed the Government under which we live;' while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new.^ I will take issue with John on one point - you can always cut the ties with Mama.
    • GraniteGrok: Conservatism Archives 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC granitegrok.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We believe that as our hearts are filled with the Divine love, and our lives brought under the government of Christ, our dress and behavior will come to conform to the simplicity of the gospel."
    • A Short History of Conservative Friends 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC www.snowcamp.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As well many of our founding fathers, especially Alexander Hamilton, advocated a strong central Government (though arguably not the behemoth we have today).
    • The Future of Conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.frumforum.com [Source type: Original source]

    True, you disagree among yourselves as to what that substitute shall be. You are divided on new propositions and plans, but you are unanimous in rejecting and denouncing the old policy of the fathers.

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  • There's a tremendous irony in the way conservatives have adopted their position on evolution.^ A Conservative truly and a gentleman, Kirk influenced the postwar history of the Republic — though his usual position was in dissent — in inscrutable but profound ways.

    ^ There isn't any reason to investigate underlying cognitive differences between the largely inconsistent positions of liberals and conservatives.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Friends who have adopted neo-Conservative ways remain few, but continue to be active and influential in Ohio Yearly Meeting.
    • A Short History of Conservative Friends 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC www.snowcamp.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .After all, the right has been complaining about relativism—the idea that there is no absolute truth—for years.^ There is no natural right not to be discriminated against.
    • Leftists on conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.rawls.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ An idea that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

    ^ To "not go there" in deference to political correctness is to sacrifice observation of truth to one's presumptions about what is right.
    • Leftists on conservatism 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.rawls.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Now, challenging the conclusions of science in the name of cultural tolerance, conservatives have created their own version of radical deconstructionism.^ There is little fear among the tragics about how different cultures behave in their own backyards and the autonomy of culturally conservative (and culturally liberal) enclaves is cheered, not feared.

    .Aping the French academicians they once excoriated, they're undermining the very idea of empirical reality, dismissing inconvenient facts as the product of an oppressive ideology.^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who fought against the American Revolution?
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It would be right to dismiss the 40%; they’re racists.
    • Think Progress » Graham: Beck is not the voice of conservatism. 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ If conservatism is the ideology of freedom, how come they're the ones who are always trying to take that freedom away from us, especially women and minorities?
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Michelle Goldberg in 2006. Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. 1st ed. W. W. Norton. p. 102
  • I do not know which makes a man more conservative — to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past. .
  • Conservative ideology...may be defined as a philosophy of imperfection, committed to...the defence of a limited style of politics.^ Michael Oakenshott, another prominent conservative political philosopher, has remarked that 'conservativism is not so much an ideology as it is a disposition to enjoy the fruits of the past and to distrust novelty.'"
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It is almost true that a conservative may be defined as a person who thinks himself such.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Conservatives say and do things that are so contradictory that to come up with a coherent and genuine political ideology called conservatism seems silly.
    • Open Left:: What Is Conservatism? Conservatives Have No Idea 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC openleft.com [Source type: General]

    • Noël O'Sullivan, Conservatism (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1976), pp. 11-12.
  • I never meant to say that the conservatives are generally stupid. .I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative.^ You quote students who say “more people would be willing to show their patriotism to the county if they just that stupid phrase”(under god).

    I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. .
  • By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all.^ Thanks to all of you who point out that the central criteria to consider is decency, integrity, honesty - solid conservative values.
    • If Conservatism Is The Ideology of Freedom, I'm The Queen of England | CommonDreams.org 10 February 2010 13:41 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All who call themselves conservatives, but supported Bush even after the disastrous nature of his inventions became apparent share the blame.

    ^ Last Eighth Month we wrote to all the monthly meetings of lowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) stating that one who did not believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior was appointed to serve as clerk of the Yearly Meeting.
    • A Short History of Conservative Friends 1 February 2010 1:36 UTC www.snowcamp.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Conservatism is opposition to rapid changes, disorder and extremes in society. It began as a reaction to the Age of Enlightenment, the neglect of the poor caused by leisurely interest in science and philosophy resulting in the extremely violent French Revolution. Conservatism called for a return to faith, love, and peace. It began in 1790 with the publication of English author Edmund Burke’s book Reflections on the Revolution in France. In his book, he advocated for being satisfied and for caring government. A conservative party in England formed which wanted better cooperation between rich and poor, democracy, and somewhat of a welfare state. In France and other parts of Europe, conservatives favored the welfare state and faithfully putting up with monarchies such as Napoleon and Hitler. In the United States, conservatives were suspicious of the welfare state and considered businessmen trustworthy on wages and prices.

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