Conservative Values

What are Conservative Values?

November 29, 2019

Let us consider where we’ve come so far:

In Part 1 we talked about how many people who lived during the Age of Reason were of the opinion that mankind was entering a golden era in which the superstitious dogmas and doctrines of the past would give way to a pure pursuit of reason.  Thus, humans would live in harmony as their political leaders relied upon their superior reasoning to chart a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful future.

In Part 2 we dis...

November 22, 2019

Years ago, a friend asked if I knew of any verses in the King James translation of the Bible that warned against gossiping.  They asked me because I’d grown up in a Free Holiness church where only the King James translation was read.  Yet I was surprised to learn the word gossip didn’t appear.  Instead, the good King’s English used the word talebearer to signify one who engages in idle, possibly malicious talk.

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November 15, 2019

Some claim that today’s conservatives are nothing more than yesterday’s liberals—that conservatism is always on the defensive and fighting an uphill battle before eventually succumbing to the Left’s understanding of equality, or civil rights, or entitlements, or what have you.  Now, there is some truth to this idea as conservatives do acknowledge that change or some sense of progression is necessary even to conserve the institutions and tradition...

November 8, 2019

William F. Buckley famously defined a conservative as “someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘STOP’!”  By that definition, few have embraced a conservative impulse better than Edmund Burke.

Burke lived during the tumultuous time of the French revolution.  The revolutionaries prided themselves on tearing down the old French monarch built on history, tradition, and religious faith and erecting a republic built on reason alone.  As we saw in...

November 1, 2019

During the eighteenth century there emerged an explosion of intellectual, philosophical, political, and economic ideas that swept across the Western world collectively referred to as The Enlightenment.  These ideas led to unprecedented breakthroughs in science, the emergence of the free market, revolutions and political upheaval, and massive shifts in how people thought about the concepts of God, the role of the church and state, society, and the...

September 6, 2019

During the eighteenth century there emerged an explosion of intellectual, philosophical, political, and economic ideas that swept across the Western world collectively referred to as The Enlightenment.  These ideas led to unprecedented breakthroughs in science, the emergence of the free market, revolutions and political upheaval, and massive shifts in how people thought about the concepts of God, the role of the church and state, society, and the...

May 31, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Conservative thinkers have long echoed the teachings of the ancients that, when it comes to politics, prudence is the chief among virtues.  As we saw in Part 2, prudence acts as a bridge between intellectual and moral virtues—linking the head with the heart.  Prudence also restrains our passions, which is an enormously important trait for the lea...

May 17, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

From ancient times to modern, many political theorists and philosophers believed that prudence was the “chief” political virtue.  Since conservatism is largely the act of conserving the wisdom and ideas of the past and applying them to today, many modern conservative thinkers have echoed similar sentiments (as I discussed in Part 1).

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May 10, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

In Part 1 we noted how a great many thinkers from ancient to classical to modern times often vaunted the virtue of prudence and how some even considered it to be the chief public or political virtue.  I doubt there is much debate about whether prudence continues to enjoy this lofty position today.  Some may even view prudence as more of a prudish...

May 3, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

What would you say is the most important virtue our political leaders could possess?  Is it charisma, the art of persuasion, the ability to move the nation to action?  Is it courage and a steady hand in the face of impossible odds?  Is it dependability, honesty, and integrity that would keep them humble servants of the people?  What about intelli...

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"Conservatism is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order." --Russell Kirk, Ten Conservative Principles.

Conservatism is neither a religion nor an abstract ideology.  Rather, it is the defense and pursuit of things of value.  While those values are consistently evident in the writings and teachings of conservative thinkers, there exists no perfect, uniform list.

On this page you will find blog posts articulating individual values conservatives have affirmed for centuries.  18th century prose has been mercifully translated for the modern reader.