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Conservatism – what is it?

October 6, 2010

Conservatism is a political philosophy supporting historically inherited nationally important and stable institutions that ensure the maintenance of individual liberty. Individual reliance on institutions such as education and religion feed the notion of self-discipline and something bigger then ourselves helping control the inherent selfishness of peoples unrestricted passions. Edmund Burke (January 1729 to July 1797) defines these institutions as, “a sufficient restraint upon their passions.” Manifestations of civil social order is a vital component to conservatism that is seen as a method to focus the best characteristics of an individual and thus the community, the reliance upon inherently produces a skepticism of the ability to form an effective relationship between the federal, national government and the individual. It is therefore concluded, as a conservative, that the less involvement by the federal government and the celebrating of historically moral and civil institutions, the better chance for individual liberty. Government at the more abstract, above the local and state level is seen as unnecessary until a specific and transparent, incremental and representative action is required.

Now that I have properly introduced myself, I suppose there is little else to say. Welcome and enjoy thoughtfulness in thought.

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  1. October 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Great, concise, clear definition of what makes us different from the garden-variety lefty. Normally the philosophy of a blog is on a separate page, though, so that it doesn’t get buried by subsequent posts.

  2. October 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    That’s a good idea. I suppose I should put that in my About page or something.

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