Thursday, 3 April 2014

Conservatism is love

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Conservatism, as Roger Scruton said, is about love. Love of existing things and of tradition. Socialism and liberalism are also about love, but they tend to focus on what is unloveable about the world rather than celebrate what is to be loved. All political philosophies have their poetry and their ugliness. The poetry mostly comes out at elections.

The worst thing about being a conservative, though, is the other people who are conservatives. Grown-up, unromantic people who do not care about the poor and instead worry about their careers. But there are also bohemian conservatives like me and Michael Oakeshott, some of whose aphorisms I have just been reading. 

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