Political Science 1AA3 2019 Lecture 5a overhead conservatism.doc

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Political Science 1AA3 2019 Lecture 5a Conservatism - In some senses it is difficult to define Conservatism as a theory - It implies the desire to conserve o To protect what already exists o That there is value in tradition - But the specific institutions that are traditional differ according to time and place - So conservative theory (as opposed to specific conservative parties) o The theory does not (necessarily) argue that one and only one type of political structure is ideal - Nevertheless, the conservative hypothesis is that deference to tradition is important o That radical social plans (of any type) are socially and politically dangerous - Why? One influential conservative theorist is Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France , 1790 - What will the French Revolution look like in practice: o “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” or Tyranny? - Will the attempt to reconstruct society on more enlightened lines result in a more enlightened and just society? - Burke suggests that the Revolution will end in despotism - In fact, revolutionary plans of any type are likely to end in violence and turmoil - Why?

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