Friday, September 14, 2007


Conservatives in America are not loyal to the nation state. They are loyal to the PRINCIPLES of the United States Constitution. That’s the difference. They prefer tradition to fashion; they prefer social stability and slow, deliberate change to sudden, mindless revolution. Conservatives prefer small government to Big Brother. Conservatives believe in citizen participation in civic duties and organizations.

Conservatives believe in a free and decent society with informed, responsible citizens who have inalienable rights that cannot be trampled on by any persons, the government or any foreign entity. Conservatives are suspicious of government and demand transparency in government’s actions.

Fascism is the logical conclusion of Liberalism. TS Eliot, who I quoted elsewhere, gives a marvelous and incisive definition of Liberalism:

"By destroying traditional social habits of the people, by dissolving their natural collective consciousness into individual constituents, by licensing the opinions of the most foolish, by substituting instruction for education, by encouraging cleverness rather than wisdom, the upstart rather than the qualified, by fostering a notion of getting on to which the alternative is a hopeless apathy, Liberalism can prepare the way for that which is its own negation: the artificial, mechanized or brutalized control which is a desperate remedy for its chaos ... Out of Liberalism itself come philosophies which deny it."


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