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Conservatism and Socialism.docx

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Political Science
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POLS 1000
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Martin Breaugh

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 Establishment of liberalism will modify the social landscape in Europe o Manufacturing / Industrialization o Urbanization  This will cause two new social forces to be born o Displaced nobles o Modern working class will emerge o Both will help create ideologies  Conservative Ideology The meaning/movement of the universe is given by a superior being. This means, men are NOT responsible for the creation of the universe or the meaning of it. It will remain ultimately mysterious. We must accept the fact that we cannot penetrate the meaning of the universe because it is given by a superior being, who has a higher rational thought. Human beings are naturally good, we have this superior principle of good within us. Almost always in a struggle with the inferior principle of evil. To live a fulfilling life, we must fight against and struggle against this evil. We must submit ourselves to the order of the universe. This order of the universe is partially revealed to us, through religion and nature. Trial and error also allows us to see the structure of the universe. It also allows see why Conservatives favour tradition, i.e. Every tradition has in itself gone through a trial and error process to survive over time. The goal of life, the meaning of existence, is not simply to live and to be happy. The goal of human existence is to live the "good life". Here the good life should not be understand as the life of luxury (eg. Cigars, wine, ect.) The good life is the upright/honest life that comes with the triumph of the superior principle. Life is worth living as long as we allow the triumph of good or bad. The triumph gives value and meaning to our existence. Contrary to Liberal thought, the reason and the faculty of reason does not play a central role in the good life. The role of reason in conservatives thought is reduced because conservatives themselves see reason as being limited. In order for reason to guide action, it is necessary for reason to take into account experience. Pure and abstract reason is dangerous because it refuses reality, i.e. Theory. The human experience teaches us a lot more than abstract reason can. As such we should never trust reason that is not informed by experience. Conservatives will defend common sense calling it experience that teaches us the limit of abstract reason. They will be sceptical of abstract reason and of universal principles. As well as political projects that are based on rational knowledge rather than experience. The abstract theory does not take into account a need that larger communities needs to enforce rights of equality. What good are human rights if no one respects them, they will argue. "There are no men that exist in the world. I have in my life seen, French men, English men, Italian men, Russian, but I have never met a man"  De Maistre  He means we are born in pre-existing traditions and particular cultures and it is therefore absurd to think of man in the abstract. Such an abstract man does not exist and cannot be the bearer of rights. Conservatives will not discuss voluntary attempts to change society. They ignore past practice and the traditions that have withstood the test of time (i.e French Revolution) Sceptical of freedom. Freedom itself is suspicion and limited by the demands and needs of the existing order of things. Freedom is only legitimate if it entails the submission of the individual to the pre-existing order. Freedom cannot be the creative source of individual development nor can it be the source of human fulfilment. This can only happen through our submission to tradition and order . Human relationships and society reproduce the universal order of things. There must be hierarchy. This hierarchy must rest upon values and merit. They prefer hierarchy as the organizing principle to society. Logically if you choose hierarchy, you reject equality. Equality is artifi
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