Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk

And Donald Trump doesn't fit any of them.

Ten conservative Principles

Sixth, conservatives are chastened by their principle of imperfectability. Human nature suffers irremediably from certain grave faults, the conservatives know. Man being imperfect, no perfect social order ever can be created. Because of human restlessness, mankind would grow rebellious under any utopian domination, and would break out once more in violent discontent—or else expire of boredom. To seek for utopia is to end in disaster, the conservative says: we are not made for perfect things. All that we reasonably can expect is a tolerably ordered, just, and free society, in which some evils, maladjustments, and suffering will continue to lurk.


Anonymous said...

It's all we want. A society that strives for fairness, justice for all and tolerance. We progressive thinking people want the very same thing. Pause,,,, now she tells me what I want, even though I've just said what I want.

Norma said...

"a tolerably ordered, just, and free society" is not the same as "fairness, justice for all and tolerance." Nothing in life is fair; look at Bill Gates' home compared to mine. Is that "fair?" Look at mine compared to a street child in Brazil. Is that "fair?" And tolerance is one of the late 20th century bugaboos intended to get grant money from the federal government and to punish those you don't agree with.