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Remember Fredheadedness 3 : Learn conservatism so you can teach it.
We continue our study of core conservative principles as advanced by conservative scholar Russell Kirk, co-founder (with his friends Buckley and Goldwater) of the mid-20th century revival of conservatism. Kirk’s essay Ten Conservative Principles is considered by many to be a very handy, concise, and compelling description of what the heart of a conservative is.
Let’s get to business. Argue all you want in the comments, that’s what we do here, my friends.
Kirk’s 2nd Principle:
Obama campaigned cynically on “Change you can believe in”. What he meant (and sometimes said) was wealth transfer, silencing of dissent, class warfare, race hustling, confiscatory tax increases on employers, more and sillier AGW regulations, no domestic drilling or even a coherent energy plan other than “regular oil changes and air up your tires”, bankrupting the coal industry, socialism, and a nanny state. What his gullible sycophants heard was “things suck now, and Obama will bring us something different and somehow better”.
The conservative heart is somewhat underwhelmed by this third-rate scam from an Alinsky-ite ingenue and probable Manchurian candidate.
Kirk is not the first to point out the wisdom of the ages. [please tell me you get the joke, by the way]
It is a natural thing for teenagers to think that they are smarter than adults, that they are the first people in history to truly fall in love, and that those morals, conventions, and traditions are just outdated and useless. We expect teens to indulge in such nonsense, as their rude awakening is coming soon enough. But it is wholly unbecoming for adults to be such saps.
Uneducated, stupid people love to have their ears tickled and be persuaded by things that sound appealing. That’s what makes them Democrats and moderates. They are quick to ditch tradition and try new things, without considering the consequences of abandoning the wisdom of the ages.
It is a contemptible fool who will rashly abandon the past.
Kirk said that civil society is only possible through convention. “. It is old custom that enables people to live together peaceably; the destroyers of custom demolish more than they know or desire. It is through convention—a word much abused in our time—that we contrive to avoid perpetual disputes about rights and duties: law at base is a body of conventions. Continuity is the means of linking generation to generation; it matters as much for society as it does for the individual; without it, life is meaningless. “
Current civilization and technology is a product of all the wisdom and knowledge that came before. The F-35 stealth fighter was preceded by the F-15 Eagle, the P-51 Mustang, the Sopwith Camel, and the Wright Brothers. Controlled nuclear fission was not possible before advances in metallurgy, advances in chemistry and physics utterly uncontemplated 100 years before. 500 years ago, we didn’t even know what elements were. But each generation built on what was before. And now we have probes to Mars.
The thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.
I don’t want to belabour it here. Suffice it to say that the conservative does not resist ALL change, and in fact embraces certain changes. For example, slavery was a shameful, despicable moral outrage, and had to be ended, even though it was traditional for millennia all across the world.
In a political sense, this means that when confronted with new challenges and issues, the first instinct of the conservative heart is to view the current issues through the prism of established wisdom. If you want a list of current issues that are touched upon by Kirk’s #2, here goes. And mind you, my opinions are every bit as valuable as ……. well, yours:
Well, that’s all the current issues that leap to mind. Feel free to add some, argue about these, and otherwise insult, rob, pillage, and plunder.
In conclusion: Change happens, and change can be good. But silly, frivolous change – that’s what leftists do.