TITLE

Burke vs. the New Conservatives

AUTHOR(S)
Morton J. Frisch
PUB. DATE
April 1956
SOURCE
New Republic;4/23/56, Vol. 134 Issue 17, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the criticism being directed at the "new conservatives" by the liberals. The point is that by stating a fully-fashioned philosophy, by translating a mood or a habit into a philosophy, the new conservatism confuses the essential distinction between political theory and practice. Edmund Burke, often referred to as "the father of modern conservatism," never pretended that the sentiment contained in his speeches and writings furnished principles for the governance of society as such; they were "reflections" largely provoked by the historical circumstances of the French Revolution. The mirror which the new conservatives hold up to political life is one which focuses certain aspects of that life sharply, but which reflects nothing in depth or perspective. Conservatism is, to a very real sense, nothing more than a cautious accommodation to political circumstances and a distrust of radical change.
ACCESSION #
14433197

 

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