Thursday, August 19, 2004

What is Conservatism

Here is an article that is certain to make some blood boil. I saw it in a post from Rory Litwin on the Yahoo Group Conservativelib.

"What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It" by Philip E Agre.

There are certainly some provocative statements:

"Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world."

A theme that he presents throughout the article.

I do find his description of how conservatives have co-opted liberal language to be interesting.

I think it is a mistake to take various historical movements and lump them into one clay statue called "Conservatism". But that is the Historian talking.