A Case for Conservatism by John Kekes

By John Kekes

In his fresh booklet opposed to Liberalism, thinker John Kekes argued that liberalism as a political approach is doomed to failure through its inner inconsistencies. during this significant other quantity, he makes a robust case for conservatism because the most sensible replacement. His is the 1st systematic description and protection of the fundamental assumptions underlying conservative suggestion.

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We can portray this sense of belonging as a series of concentric circles, which, as it were, ripple out from the self and connect with others. Our initial contact is within the home and in the locality. As Edmund Burke states in one of his most famous remarks: ‘To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country and to mankind’ (1999b, pp 136–7).

Scruton’s connection between individual and social life appears to owe much to Hegel’s conception of freedom as consecrated in the bond between individual and society, where we are only free to act because we are located within a social whole (Hegel, 1991). We can see that conservatives do not necessarily subscribe to individualistic views of the world: individuals are defined in relation to something else, rather than the liberal view whereby individuals are complete in themselves and where their qualities come, as it were, from within.

This is 30 The idea of conservatism replaced with a ‘foreign’ culture of American or Australian media and television with an emphasis on the low brow and the cult of celebrity. Roger Scruton (2001) has argued that conservatism is not necessarily accepting of capitalism. In the 18th and 19th centuries the Tories were the anti-capitalist party, favouring agriculture, traditional hierarchies and aristocratic forms of governance. They allow these institutions to flourish free from interference. However, it has to be stated that no particular form of economic organisation is essential to conservatism.

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