Cross posted at: Conservative Badlands and Rebuild the Party
In a work titled “Prejudice and Abstract Political Theory in Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution“, Nick Russo observes:
‘He explains that English philosophers, or, “men of speculation, instead of exploding general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover the latent wisdom which prevails in them,” essentially serving as a confirming and stabilizing force on political thought. This model for healthy political thought can be understood through an evolutionary scenario. Biological systems, such as ecosystems and individuals, remain the same, in a state of equilibrium, until something goes wrong, causing the system to evolve or adapt to ensure its survival. Similarly, Burke finds nothing wrong with the status quo political system if it is providing a better environment than its lack could provide.’
It seems that, for some reason, many people have a prejudicial idea on what conservative is. In our own “state of equilibrium,” everything, as we see it, seems calm and unprovoked. Now that our “something [has] gone wrong,” many are left learning to swim, in an infested pool, without ever having a true understanding, not only of where we have been, but where we are headed.
So, that brings us to know, as your own understanding, what is Conservative?