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Meaning Of Conservatism by Roger Scruton
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Oct 21, 08

Read in October, 2008

I'll write a good, long review of this one - just hold your horses for a while. In the meantime ....

Whatever your political persuasion, it's refreshing to get a philosopher's definition of conservatism rather than a demagogue's (and it doesn’t hurt that the author’s a Brit). In essence, the conservative position is skeptical about the goodness and reliability of human nature, and it doesn’t have a program per se, but considers any “liberal” position to bear a burden to demonstrate that a scheme for change is reasonably likely to result in improvement. It’s neither a mindless position nor one opposed to change, but it is inherently cautious. It also doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with finance capitalism, nor with any of a number of things in the contemporary American Republican Party platform. The overexposed American “conservative” pundits and demagogues would find a lot they don’t like in this book.
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