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  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.
But whereas the goal of conservatism throughout history has primarily been to suppress the mob of common people, the conservatism of the late 20th century was especially vituperative in its campaigns against the relatively autonomous democratic cultures of the professions.
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.
polaris.gseis.ucla.edu /pagre/conservatism.html   (12115 words)

  conservatism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
conservatism was being redirected by erstwhile liberal manufacturing and professional groups who had achieved many of their political aims and had become more concerned with preserving them from attack by groups not so favored.
Conservatism lost its predominantly agrarian and semifeudal bias, and accepted democratic suffrage, advocated economic laissez-faire, and opposed extension of the welfare state.
Conservatism should be distinguished both from a reactionary desire for the past and the radical right-wing ideology of fascism and National Socialism.
www.bartleby.com /65/co/conservatsm.html   (373 words)

 Conservatism - MSN Encarta
Conservatism, a general state of mind that is averse to rapid change and innovation and strives for balance and order, while avoiding extremes.
At a given time in a given society, conservatism emphasizes the merits of the status quo and endorses the prevailing distribution of power, wealth, and social standing.
Conservatism received its classic formulation in the works of the British statesman Edmund Burke, notably his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), in which he rejected the principles of the French Revolution and presented a comprehensive philosophy of society and politics.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761573099/Conservatism.html   (741 words)

 John Kekes - What is Conservatism? - Utopia Online Library
Conservatism, like liberalism and socialism, has different versions, partly because conservatives often disagree with each other about the particular political arrangements that ought to be conserved.1 There is no disagreement among them, however, that the reasons for or against those arrangements are to be found in the history of the society whose arrangements they are.
Second, pluralistic conservatism is most receptive to the view that the best guide to the political arrangements that a society ought to have beyond the minimum level is the history of the society.
Since conservatism takes the goodness of a society to depend on the goodness of the lives of the people who live in it, it is a moral view.
www.deepleafproductions.com /utopialibrary/text/kekes-conservatism.html   (8433 words)

 07.22.2003 - Researchers help define what makes a political conservative
The terror management feature of conservatism can be seen in post-Sept. 11 America, where many people appear to shun and even punish outsiders and those who threaten the status of cherished world views, they wrote.
This research marks the first synthesis of a vast amount of information about conservatism, and the result is an "elegant and unifying explanation" for political conservatism under the rubric of motivated social cognition, said Sulloway.
Glaser acknowledged that the team's exclusive assessment of the psychological motivations of political conservatism might be viewed as a partisan exercise.
www.berkeley.edu /news/media/releases/2003/07/22_politics.shtml   (1001 words)

 Defining Conservatism Down
Had conservatism a Cassandra, she might, amidst the current mood of triumph, point out that whereas 50 years ago the American Right boasted several political theorists destined to exert a lasting influence, today it has not one to its credit.
Conservatism has reached an unacknowledged consensus about the outcome of the theoretical debates of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Conservatism doesn’t need a master-philosopher; to the lofty theoretical disputes of the 1950s and ’60s, they say good riddance.
www.amconmag.com /2005/2005_08_29/cover.html   (3342 words)

 Article | What Is Compassionate Conservatism?
Compassionate conservatism really is the effort to make these solutions central to national politics.
The liberal worldview, which has reigned for over a generation, purveys such notions as that the only way to reduce crime is to cure its "root causes." Compassionate conservatism waves away the claim that such nostrums are the only possible expression of "compassion" for the poor.
Compassionate conservatism derails the Democratic Party's greatest rhetorical advantage, its demonstrably empty claim of a monopoly on caring about the worst-off.
www.manhattan-institute.org /html/_wsj-what_is_compassionate_con.htm   (1362 words)

 NOW with David Brancaccio. Politics & Economy. God and Government. Compassionate Conservatism | PBS
Compassionate conservatism is a conservatism that cares about them, and makes a concerted effort to help them bring lasting change into their lives."
Few could argue with such humanitarian goals, yet the concept of compassionate conservatism is one hotly debated on today's political stage.
"'Compassionate conservatism' is in essence nothing more than the theory — and the practice — of the welfare state.
www.pbs.org /now/politics/compassion.html   (534 words)

 “The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism” by C. Bradley Thompson
The guiding moral principle of compassionate conservatism is the idea that we, by way of our government, have a “duty”; to serve the needs of the poor, the homeless, the sick, and the aged—hence “compassionate,”; which means desiring to relieve the pain and suffering of others.
Michael Knox Beran, another leading theorist of compassionate conservatism, praises George W. Bush for his “unashamed use of the ‘L’ word” and for being driven “by a belief in the redemptive power of love.”15 Compassionate conservatism substitutes, at least superficially, Christian love for liberal pity as the motive for expanding and perpetuating the welfare state.
Compassionate conservatism and neoconservatism have not corrupted the GOP as some conservatives have argued; they have simply exploited and brought to the surface principles that have been at the heart of the conservative intellectual movement from the beginning.
www.theobjectivestandard.com /issues/2006-fall/decline-fall-american-conservatism.asp   (13369 words)

 Conservatism - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Conservatism is generally believed to be more common in whites, the elderly, the poorly educated, small business owners, police officers, military personel, the middle class, or the most dangerous case, "tax payers".
Conservatism first appeared in the United States with a group of stupid white land owners who felt that things like "religious liberty" and "hard work" were important.
Conservatism appears to have been rare in the US for many years, except for the years (1789-1861) and (1897-1933).
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Conservatism   (1033 words)

 Conservatism Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The conservatism discussed is traditionalist American conservatism; other varieties are touched on in section 6 and their adherents are urged to draft additional FAQs.
In addition, conservatism is not rejection of all change as such, but of intentional change of a peculiarly sweeping sort characteristic of the period beginning with the French Revolution and guided by Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophies such as liberalism and Marxism.
Conservatism involves recognition that moral community is required for the coherence of individual and social life, and that a reasonably coherent way of life is a practical necessity.
www.faqs.org /faqs/conservatism/faq   (6500 words)

 Good Conservatism versus Bad Conservatism
Coercive conservatism is characterized by the following assertions, sometimes stated explicitly and sometimes implied.
The common threads in coercive conservatism are hubris and a purposeful ignorance about the complexity of the world.
The problem, however, is not core conservatism, which many liberals practice in their lives.
www.chc-3.com /pub/conservatism.htm   (857 words)

 Conservatism (The Best Political Ideology)
Conservatism is a political philosophy that necessitates a defense of established values or the status quo.
Conservatism and the inevitable deontological views it provokes holds that it is immoral to kill something, whereas it is not immoral to allow something living to “meet its destiny”.
Conservatism has benefitted archaic cultures, and it should die with them, like beliefs of today will with this culture, so our posterity can continue without the encumerance of upholding absurd antiquities of their ancestors’ ideals.
www.thebeststuffintheworld.com /stuff/conservatism   (4071 words)

 American Conservatism : An Encyc...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century.
By that I mean, this is not a history of conservatism, dating back to its origins in American politics, but is rather a study of conservatism of the last thirty or so years.
I would have loved to have seen the editors trace conservatism back to such statesmen as John Taylor of Caroline, whose "New Views of the Constitution" truly expresses the origin of conservative thought in America and still exemplifies true conservative principles far more so than today's rather diluted version, but such was not the case.
www.books-shoppe.com /prod/1932236430/American_Conservatism_:_An_Encyc...   (2355 words)

 OpinionJournal - Extra
So defined, conservatism is less a philosophy than a temperament; but it is, I believe, a temperament that emerges naturally from the experience of society, and which is indeed necessary if societies are to endure.
Eliot's influence has been spread in America by his disciple, Russell Kirk, who made clear to a whole generation that conservatism is not an economic but a cultural outlook, and that it would have no future if reduced merely to the philosophy of profit.
Put bluntly, conservatism is not about profit but about loss: It survives and flourishes because people are in the habit of mourning their losses, and resolving to safeguard against them.
www.opinionjournal.com /extra/?id=110002746   (1329 words)

Conservatism is so entrenched in accounting that it has become more an attitude, a state of mind, of accountants, rather than simply a mechanism used in response to uncertainty.
Advocates of conservatism maintain that conservatism continues to be followed in practice because years of experience have demonstrated to accountants that it is a prudent, useful convention in an environment filled with uncertainty.
The FASB warns that conservatism should be applied with care and that conservatism should no longer connote deliberate, consistent understatement of net assets and profits.
www.wku.edu /~jack.hall/conservatism.htm   (406 words)

 Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy » What is Conservatism?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Because conservatism itself has such an abhorrence of ideologies, it cannot really be called an ideology but perhaps the “anti-ideology.” The word itself comes from the Latin verb conservare, which means to preserve, keep safe, maintain, keep intact, guard and observe.
So-called conservatism and so-called radicalism in these contemporary guises are in general mere stalking-horses for liberalism: the contemporary debates within modern political systems are almost exclusively between conservative liberals, liberal liberals, and radical liberals.
Kirk used the conservatism is ideology free line of reasoning to argue for his “Politics of Prudence.” Now Kirk might have primarily meant that expansive ideologies like Marxism are not prudent because they joist against human nature (self-interest, greed, familial loyalty, etc.), and there I concede he is entirely correct.
www.intellectualconservative.com /2006/03/25/what-is-conservatism   (3490 words)

 Conservatism FAQ | Turnabout
In addition, conservatism is less rejection of change as such than of intentional change of a peculiarly sweeping sort demanded by Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophies like liberalism and Marxism.
Conservatism recognizes that moral habits evolve with experience and changing circumstances, and social arrangements that come to be too much at odds with the moral feelings of a people change or disappear.
Like conservatism, both movements reject hedonism and radical individual autonomy and emphasize the authority of traditionally-based institutions like the family and religion in opposition to that of the modern managerial state.
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 Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition - A Summary
When secondary issues are separated from the ideological core of conservatism, there is revealed a core ideology of resistance to change in society, which seems to transcend changing times and define the core mind set of conservatism.
Conservatism in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences as "an attitude of opposition to disruptive change in the social, economic, legal, religious, political, or cultural order" (p.
The remainder of the paper is devoted to justifying the hypotheses by presenting and discussing data sets, presented as large tables of data which represent research results, and thus any reader interested in the discussion of the hypotheses and the integration of the research results is best directed to the actual paper itself.
www.awitness.org /journal/political_conservatism_as_motivated_social_cognition_summary.html   (4774 words)

 Revitalizing Conservatism
Today, there is a need to move up from conservatism, not to reject it but to move back to its first principles—back to Ronald Reagan’s mission, to start returning power to states, communities and the people rather than support the lesser-evil big government solution.
Any revitalized conservatism must be rebuilt along the lines of the original formula promoted by Buckley and Meyer—what Meyer called fusionist conservatism, which he summarized as utilizing libertarian means for traditionalist ends.
Consensus fusionism united conservatism originally and was the banner under which we moved the GOP, America and the world toward greater freedom and responsibility.
www.conservative.org /pressroom/revitalizingconservatism.asp   (1407 words)

Compassionate Conservatism is actually the philosophical opposite of the social liberalism that attempts to enshrine indifference (liberals call it 'neutrality') in legislation to forms of anti-social behaviour - eg infidelity, minor crimes or drug abuse.
The emphasis of Compassionate Conservatism - or One Nation Conservatism in the British context - on marriage, fatherhood, community-based action and character education represents a genuinely new alternative to both the Left's emphasis on political remedies to social exclusion and the Social Darwinism of libertarians.
Compassionate Conservatism or, in the British tradition, One Nation Conservatism essentially centre on one mission: the renewal of the values that underpin freedom and the civil institutions that generate and sustain these values.
website.lineone.net /~renewing/olasky.htm   (1285 words)

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