12 - Traditional Conservatism Politics as the art of the...

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Traditional Conservatism Politics as the art of the possible; as intended to preserve order, justice and freedom Man has fundamental need for stability and control Human tendency towards irrational behavior Conventions: Traditional authority (family, religion, aristocracy, inheritance) -traditional morality Reform: slow, incremental, piece by piece change; backward looking (for guidance) Reflections of the Revolution in France (1790) -A reaction against the French Revolution -French rev (1789-1794) several phases and regime changes -Revolt against absolute monarchism of ancien regime and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette -Inspired by enlightenment principles -Universal human rights (declaration of the rights of man, 1792) -individual and collective rights of all persons as universal. The Enlightenment -18 th century intellectual/social phenomenon Critical questioning of traditional institutions, morals, and beliefs Age of reason, age of rationality
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course GVPT 100 taught by Professor Grant-wisdom during the Fall '06 term at Maryland.

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