Friday, June 25, 2010

Conserving Conservatism

"It’s really too bad that so many wimps are running away from the word 'conservative,'" writes John Wilson, offering this definition of the term" "The opposite of 'conservative,' in fact, has never been 'liberal'; it has always been ideology" — Why I am a Conservative.

"If you love place, limits, liberty, and think they are words that have meaning, you are probably conservative, and should honor that word also," says the author. "If you waffle, and want to be cosmopolitan and sophisticated and make up your own names and categories, you probably want to live in a world dominated by what Walter Lippmann called in 1938, the 'dominant dogma of the age,' that government has the ability to make us happy."

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Anonymous Rowman said...

Excellent article. I dropped the conservative label years ago. Libertarian doesn't work well though because it gets confused with libertine. It would be a good thing if conservative as Wilson describes it could be rescued and conserved from the neo-cons.

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