December 26, 2006
Explanations of Conservatism
I came across these two quotes this weekend and thought they provided a good summary of conservatism, first in theory and then in practice.
Theory: “The essence of this body of ideas is the protection of the social order—family, neighborhood, local community, and region foremost—from the ravishments of the centralized political state.” – Robert Nisbet
Action: “Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.” – Calvin Coolidge
Crossposted at Gazizza