Saturday, April 12, 2008

The freedom in authentic conservatism
Rod Dreher echoes John Laughland here
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how important it is to try to understand the world as it is — which is to say, to resist ideological blinders. Conservatism is, I do believe, the most reasonable orientation from which to interpret the world, but it is far more modest an interpretive tool, if that’s the phrase, than I once thought. (Russell Kirk understood this, which is why he called conservatism the “negation of ideology,” a phrase I’ve only recently come to understand).
Conforming yourself to objective reality is the definition of reason in a direct line from Aristotle to the Schoolmen to classic Anglicans to classical liberals (today’s authentic conservatives).
My larger point is this: what makes the Young Conservatives (Deneen, Douthat, Larison, Poulos and all the rest) so refreshing to read is that you don’t know what they're going to say about any particular thing. You know it’s going to give evidence of actual thought, not just ideological twitching.
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