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October 17th 2017 What is Conservatism? Conservatism: “To be conservative, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown… ” - Michael Oakeshott, On Being Conservative In some senses it is difficult to define Conservatism as a theory It implies the desire to conserve That there is value in tradition (traditional depends on where you live, who yu are, etc.) The theory of Conservatism does not outline one universal political plan that all societies must follow… Instead, it emphasizes the social value of tradition But the specific institutions that are traditional differ according to time and place Nevertheless, the conservative hypothesis is that deference to tradition is important But why is tradition valuable? Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790 What will the French Revolution look like in practice: “Liberty, Fraternity, Equality” or Tyranny? Will the attempt to reconstruct society on more enlightened lines result in a more enlightened and just society?

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