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Conservatives, don't despair - CNN
Fifty years ago, Marxism was still a live intellectual force in British universities. Marxists taught that human society must inevitably evolve into a socialist dictatorship of the proletariat. The great British conservative historian Hugh Trevor-Roper scoffed at this arrogance. He said, "When radicals scream that victory is indubitably theirs, sensible conservatives knock them on the nose. It is only very feeble conservatives who take such words as true and run round crying for the last sacraments."
We need more sensible conservatives. As for the feeble conservatives, they should take a couple of aspirin and then stay quietly indoors until the temper has subsided and they are ready to say and do something useful again.
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yesterday by patrickhalbrook
Rights Language and the Right | Matthew Hennessey | First Things
Over the years, the American political left has excelled at using the vocabulary of rights "human and civil" to bolster and advance its policy objectives. Conservatives would do well to copy them...[READ MORE]
conservatism  rhetoric 
yesterday by patrickhalbrook
Robert P. George Takes Students' Questions - Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty
True liberal arts learning is soul enriching. It broadens and deepens us as free and rational beings—beings who are not determined by external or internal forces beyond our control, but who believe and act for reasons. At its best, this broadening and deepening helps us meet the basic spiritual and moral challenge facing every human being—making reason the master of passion or desire. Thus liberal arts learning offers the promise of liberation from the most abject form of slavery: slavery to self.
education  conservatism 
yesterday by patrickhalbrook
@yhazony: I never thought I’d live to see something like this. But it’s exactly what we’re living through. The peer pressure, groupthink, and despair are closing liberal scholars and journalists down, one after another, to the possibility of legitim
@yhazony: I never thought I’d live to see something like this. But it’s exactly what we’re living through. The peer pressure, groupthink, and despair are closing liberal scholars and journalists down, one after another, to the possibility of legitimate disagreement with their views.
YoramHazony  Liberalism  Nationalism  Conservatism 
5 days ago by cbearden
@yhazony: .⁦@FareedZakaria⁩ lumps together as nationalist anti-democrats everyone from Brexiteers and Netanyahu to Putin and Erdogan. This continues the trend of major media and intellectual figures who’ve decided anyone who isn’t a liberal is in
@yhazony: .⁦@FareedZakaria⁩ lumps together as nationalist anti-democrats everyone from Brexiteers and Netanyahu to Putin and Erdogan. This continues the trend of major media and intellectual figures who’ve decided anyone who isn’t a liberal is in one camp.
YoramHazony  FareedZakaria  Liberalism  Conservatism  Nationalism  Thread 
5 days ago by cbearden
White Privilege Is Real, but Well-Meaning White Liberals Are Helping to Perpetuate It - Quillette

with progressive ideology. A system that disadvantages blacks, immigrants, Hispanics or Muslims comes to be imagined as a machine operated by an omnipotent white god.

Liberals tend to believe in a kind of reverse white exceptionalism: that whites, in contrast to every other ethnic and racial group, should suppress their communal identity because it’s linked to a system of racial inequality. They seek to deconstruct white identity as an ideological construct designed to maintain power. Cultural conservatives, by contrast, consider whites a group like any other—attached to particular myths, symbols and memories—which should be able to express its identity and interests without fear of censure.

Rather than imagining a world of conflicting groups in which whites oppress non-whites, we should think of white privilege as a complex structure which all people of all races and ethnicities bear some responsibility for. Instead of adopting a simple minded narrative which demonises white identity and casts white people as the villains, we should encourage the whole of society to work collaboratively to reduce system bias.
contrarian  conservatism  usa  race  racism  stereotype  policy  opinion  caucasian  society 
15 days ago by aries1988
Brexit: the week when it all fell apart | News | The Sunday Times
Brexiteers seem to think May has "betrayed Brexit".

"When I was told that we would have to come over and talk to you I began to cry. I said, ‘I don’t want to go over and talk to that woman any more. She’s betrayed Brexit, destroying our party. I want her gone."

Brexit giveth, and Brexit taketh away, I guess.

But this surely is an example of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stab-in-the-back_myth

See also: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/12/the-betrayal-of-the-brexit-bunch/ , https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/20/brexiteers-betrayal-britain-america
brexit  conservatism  uk  politics 
26 days ago by np

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