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  Social conservatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Social conservatism is a belief in traditional or natural law-based morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation.
Opponents of social conservatism argue that tradition is not necessarily a source of wisdom.
Proponents of social conservatism counter that many "modern" values are also vapid and corrupt, often pointing out their belief that the traditional nuclear family in the United States has deteriorated over recent decades as a result of increased social acceptance of divorce, promiscuity, and homosexuality.
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 Conservatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Conservatism [derivative of conserve; from Latin conservare, to keep, guard, observe] in its true and classic sense is a simple philosophy that emphasizes "a disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve".
The term 'conservatism' is also used in the history of technology to describe the reluctance - on grounds of cost, effort and disruption - to replace a functioning technology by another.
Social conservatism in the Nordic coutries are often found in their Christian Democratic parties.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Conservative   (4646 words)

 What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?
Conservatism constantly changes, always adapting itself to provide the minimum amount of freedom that is required to hold together a dominant coalition in the society.
For example, a theory of social capital that locates it in plain numbers of social network connections is insufficient because it undervalues social skills and overvalues particularistic forms of community that are not adaptive in a dynamic modern economy.
Conservatism has gotten so out of sync with the conditions of a modern economy that significant numbers of wealthy people, especially young entrepreneurs who live and breathe the liberal culture that makes successes like theirs possible, would be happy to help build the institutions that a democratic society needs.
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Conservatism has often been comprised of somewhat of a coalition between anti-government, libertarian types and more socially conservative individuals who seek to use the government to create a social order in its citizenry.
Social conservatives have been described by some in the legal community, and by certain legal scholars, as individuals who have essentially adopted the activist framework established by liberals in the last half-century to advance their values, and the rollback of liberal ones essentially codified by courts in the past.
Conservatism is a coalition rife with its complexities, and often, its absurdities.
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 Conservatism Defined - Source for Political Terminology Analysis and Defintions
Beyond this, heterosexual social conservatives are unlikely to wish to see the definition of marriage extended to include same-sex marriage, while gay social conservatives are prominent among those advocating same-sex marriage: for the latter, it is a way of (at least potentially) tying their own lives more firmly to a traditional social structure.
Social conservatism and an adherence to certain religious or moral traditions may also be a component of politics that are otherwise generally considered left-wing.
Social conservatives and (especially) institutional conservatives are generally opposed to sudden and radical change, almost as much so when that change comes from the right as from the left.
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 Archive | July 9, 2001 | Not dead yet: Social conservatism
There is no question that social conservatives generally and the religious right particularly have erred by framing their positions in exclusively negative terms that often appear to be pointing the finger at somebody else (you naughty homosexual, you fiendish woman considering an abortion, you filthy porno magazine reader, etc.).
The whole argument that social conservatism should be jettisoned because it is somehow not fashionable or likely to appeal to the youngest eligible voters is itself fundamentally anti-conservative.
My point is that as we recognize both the importance and potential appeal of economic conservatism even though the average voter is to the left of the Chicago or Austrian schools, the same case can be made for social conservatism when voters are to the left of the Christian Coalition.
www.enterstageright.com /archive/articles/0701socialconsnotdead.htm   (2388 words)

 Christian Coalition International (Canada) Inc.
The essence of this conservatism is, according to Russell Kirk, "the preservation of the ancient moral traditions of humanity.
Social conservatives more often than not demand the government stop intervening in individual decisions, just as classical liberals often point to the religious roots of their focus on the individual.
For example, we need to rediscover Burkean or social conservatism because a growing body of evidence points to the damage the welfare state is having on our most important institutions, particularly the family.
www.ccicinc.org /politicalaffairs/060103.html   (3318 words)

 ipedia.com: Social conservatism Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society.
It is anti-ideological in the sense that social change based on new "ideas" is generally regarded as suspect, while social values based on tradition are generally regarded as tried, tested and true.
Opponents of social conservatism argue that tradition forms no greater source of wisdom basis for social change than ideology.
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 Canadian Conservative Forum - Requested Essay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Conservatism is about acknowledging the permanent facts about human nature, that we cannot make everybody a millionaire by economic intervention, nor can we create an egalitarian utopia through social engineering.
Social conservatism is primarily about curtailing the power of the state to manipulate society, while respecting the role of individuals, families, and communities to determine how they want to live their lives together.
In the long run it is impossible to maintain a combination of fiscal conservatism and social liberalism because in the long run a socially liberal state, with its incumbent social challenges, is very expensive to maintain.
www.conservativeforum.org /EssaysForm.asp?ID=6295   (3935 words)

 Liberty and the Good Life
There are rights conservatives (those we call libertarians); social conservatives (those with an image of what a good society should look like); traditional conservatives (those who are comfortable with the way things have been done); and status conservatives (those who wish to keep their positions of power).
Social conservatives have allied with rights conservatives because they see that with liberty, the individual becomes a morally responsible agent and is encouraged to commit himself to others and to his own moral development.
The alliance between liberty and social conservatism is also natural because a liberty that fails to increase virtue is not worth it, and a virtuous person without freedom is a contradiction in terms.
www.acton.org /publicat/randl/article.php?id=245   (2380 words)

 Comment Magazine - "Social conservatism's Canadian barriers" by Paul Tuns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A common observation about politics north and south of the 49th parallel is that social conservatism is a potent political force in the United States, but it barely registers on the political radar screen in Canada.
In Canada, however, the purported social conservatism of the Conservative Party (and its predecessors) is often blamed for its failure to dislodge the Liberals from power - its socially conservative base seen as the party's electoral albatross.
Social conservatives have a regular voice in several religious publications and The Interim, Canada's life and family issues newspaper, but there is nothing that is broadly conservative.
www.wrf.ca /comment/article.cfm?ID=152   (2078 words)

 Le blog de Polyscopique: septembre 2005 Archives
Second, when I wrote my post about the impact of social conservatism on the Conservative Party's electoral prospects, I had no idea that one day later a movement to depose Harper would be born and that it would receive a considerable amount of attention.
Social conservatives of course defend their social conservatism and deny that it is hurting the Conservative Party electorally.
The net impact on the parties' electoral fortunes was also substantial: social conservatism may have cost the Conservatives as much as four points and given the NDP a boost of almost four and a half points.
www.polyscopique.com /blog/archives/2005_09.html   (14436 words)

 SOCIAL CONSERVATISM IN AUSTRALIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The social conservatism items were found to form a satisfactory scale with a reliability (coefficient 'alpha') of.84.
The relationship with social conservatism was -.225 and with economic conservatism,.160, which indicates, as expected, that upwardly mobile people are somewhat conservative where their own economic interests are involved but which also indicates -- as was not expected -- that on other issues they are radical.
In the case of both social and economic conservatism, the subjective index was less strongly related to conservatism than was the objective index, possibly because of its lesser reliability.
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 Yet more on the position of social conservatism | Turnabout
The intellectual side of the battle is especially important, because that’s where social conservatives are weakest and because defense of social conservatism requires a comprehensive assault on accepted public ways of thinking that will require a great deal of effort.
It is in full accord with human nature that juridicalpolitical structures should, with ever better success and without any discrimination, afford all their citizens the chance to participate freely and actively in establishing the constitutional bases of a political community, governing the state, determining the scope and purpose of various institutions, and choosing leaders….
By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending.
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 Social conservatism in Quebec - Interim, Aug 2004
There are few social conservative MPs in the Bloc (like GĂ©rard Asselin in Manicouagan and Odina Desrochers in Portneuf), but they can not do anything under their Marxist leader Gilles Duceppe.
Social conservatives must be present in the reorganization of the party in Quebec.
They must be "wise as the serpent and prudent as a dove." That is the condition for victory of the culture of life in Quebec and in Canada.
www.theinterim.com /2004/aug/gagnon.html   (719 words)

 Social Conservatism
Contrary to popular impression, abortion is an area where social conservatives have made gains in American policy.
Abortion isn’t the only area social conservatives have made gains – we cannot forget nor disregard the recent decision regarding the Boy Scouts and homosexual leaders.
In spite of all this, some still claim to hear the death rattle of social conservatism quite clearly.
courreges.freeservers.com /socialconservatism.htm   (794 words)

 The Intellectual Incoherence of Conservatism - Mises Institute
Modern conservatism, in the United States and Europe, is confused and distorted.
Buchanan's conservatism is by no means as different from that of the conservative Republican party establishment as he and his followers fancy themselves.
Buchanan's conservatism is false: it wants a return to traditional morality but at the same time advocates keeping the very institutions in place that are responsible for the destruction of traditional morals.
www.mises.org /fullstory.aspx?Id=1766   (2842 words)

 Racism, conservatism and social class   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Many of the results from the surveys concerned have already been reported in the journal literature but the results have been varied and it would seem that more reliable conclusions might be reached by looking at all the results together rather than by considering the results of any particular survey.
Suffice it to say that both authoritarianism and conservatism have been shown to have only the most weak and fitful association with social class indices in many empirical studies around the world.
On only two occasions is the association between conservatism and occupation predicted by Lipset (1960) to be found -- and the association on those two occasions (rs of -.147 and -.057) is significant only by virtue of relatively large Ns.
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The alternative, "We are a party of social conservatives" will ensure that the CPC is defeated regularly for the next "n" elections where "n" is the number of elections it takes the party to realize that social conservativism is a spent force in Canadian politics.
Social conservatism emphasises family and faith, not government as the key to a society's strength.
Liberty and social conservatism are compatible if you don't want the government involved in doing anything other than, in this case, upholding contracts between consenting adults.
westernstandard.blogs.com /shotgun/2005/02/we_are_not_soci.html   (2206 words)

 Traditionalist Conservatism Page | Turnabout
“Understanding Conservatism and Tradition”; and the Conservatism FAQ deal with the general nature of tradition and conservatism, distinguishing them from other approaches to social organization.
Conservatism typically believes that our access to the universal is through the particular, in opposition to ideologues who want to take the universal straight and relativists who believe only in contingent particulars.
While some have argued that non-religious conservatism is possible, most traditionalist conservatives think of politics and culture as necessarily connected to religion.
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 Social justice conservatism?
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.
American "conservatism" is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition.
It is worthless because it is the "conservatism" of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle.
www.worldmagblog.com /blog/archives/018527.html   (4058 words)

OTTAWA, July 11 (LSN.ca) - Social liberal columnist Thomas Walkom writes in today's Toronto Star that Stockwell Day is definitely a strong contender for the Prime Minister's office because of, not in spite of, his social conservatism.
Some people are liberal, but many aren't." Walkom quotes Star liberal writer Haroon Siddiqui, a follower of Islam, who wrote that "the social conservatism that so bothers the Toronto-centric media clearly did not hurt Day.
See today's Special Report on social conservatism where it is pointed out "that so many Canadians are, at the very least, open to what social conservatives have to say has left many commentators dumbfounded."
www.lifesite.net /ldn/2000/jul/00071103.html   (284 words)

 The Badger Herald - University of Wisconsin-Madison
As Arnold Schwarzenegger, a social liberal, decisively won the election, these questions were resurrected.
Fortunately, President Bush’s re-election advisors have not yet succumbed to the demands of the social liberals in the GOP.
The disastrous impacts that abortion and family breakdown have had alone should provide reason for the GOP to sustain its social conservatism.
www.badgerherald.com /oped/2003/10/13/gop_lacks_social_con.php   (904 words)

 Social conservatism and California - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The movie star is anything but a "movement" conservative or any other kind of conservative on social issues.
The next question is whether conservatives will rally to such a principled case — or rather, how many will rally.
How many conservatives view social conservatism, even if they agree with all or most of its major tenets, as important enough to forfeit the claim on their vote of a non-conservative on social issues?
www.washtimes.com /op-ed/20030818-085535-4685r.htm   (839 words)

 Dictionary of the History of Ideas
conservatism is not really hostile to change, but is
social order were by no means uniform; but there was
As a counterpoise to the social dynamism of a
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