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An Opaque Ideology?

An Opaque Ideology?  Allan Pond considers the meaning of conservatism We all know that self-congratulatory triad “I have principles, you have beliefs, she has an ideology”. To accuse someone of being ‘ideological’ is almost inevitably to criticise them and to … Continue reading

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In Defence of Inconsistency

In Defence of Inconsistency Peter King on a further contradiction of conservatism We like to think that we are rational and that we act in a consistent manner. If we are conservatives we are consistently conservative and so dislike modern … Continue reading

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Libertarian Conservatism

Libertarian Conservatism Peter King commends constraint The form of conservative politics that I espouse has no purpose. Governing is an end in itself and it is leading nowhere. The purpose of government is the hold the balance between the conflicting … Continue reading

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Conservatism and Liberalism

Conservatism and Liberalism Peter King compares and contrasts Is conservatism compatible with liberalism? Friedrich von Hayek, the great economist and social philosopher who so influenced Mrs Thatcher, thought it was not. Despite his links with the Conservative party, Hayek argued … Continue reading

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Radicalism’s Glittering Allure

Radicalism’s Glittering Allure Peter King resumes his exegesis of ‘real’ conservatism There is an obvious allure to radicalism. It all seems so straightforward. We can identify what is wrong, we strongly oppose it, and we seek to bring it down. We … Continue reading

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No Change Please

No Change Please Peter King makes a timely defence of inertia As the author of recently written books with titles such as Keeping Things Close and Here and Now[i] it is perhaps clear that what interests me is change, or … Continue reading

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An Opaque Ideology?

An Opaque Ideology? Peter King identifies the timeless essence of conservatism When God finally spoke in English he did so in tones of moderation and quietness. After the violence and turmoil of the Reformation, the Civil War and the Restoration, … Continue reading

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Cameron and contingent conservatism

Cameron and contingent conservatism This is the first post of the year, for which apologies, but there will be lots more material soon. This is my latest article for the University Bookman (Russell Kirk’s magazine, presently edited by Gerald Russello) … Continue reading

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