timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Principles of Conservatism

I just found this essay over at Gates of Vienna. It covers the Ten Principles of Conservatism. The essay at GoV is by Dymphna, and the original principles are by Russel Kirk, adopted from his book 'The Politics of Prudence.' Read both.

Dymphna provides some incredible insight into the basis of conservatism. The original has made my Required Reading list on the right.

Kirk provides detail and analysis, but I will post the principles here with no comment. Anything I said would sully the incredible insight of the original author.

First, the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order.
Second, the conservative adheres to custom, convention, and continuity.
Third, conservatives believe in what may be called the principle of prescription.
Fourth, conservatives are guided by their principle of prudence.
Fifth, conservatives pay attention to the principle of variety.

Sixth, conservatives are chastened by their principle of imperfectability.
Seventh, conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.
Eighth, conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.
Ninth, the conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.
Tenth, the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.

Seriously, go read them.

2 comments:

Natalie said...

Dymphna is amazing... I saw the essay over there and it was excellent.

folly said...

Absolutely. I continually strive to bring my writing and analysis up the level of GoV. Maybe one day...