Malicia Hopkins PS 134

  • Conservatism is an ideology that is generally thought of as seeking to conserve or preserve some reality.
  • Conservatism ideology is complex and multidimensional
  • A group of conservatives drew their ideas from the 18th century teachings of Edmund Burke. These burkean conservatives are called traditional conservatives
Burkean Traditional Conservatism
  • Asserts that because of the human tendency toward irrational behavior, humans need guidance and direction from traditional authorities for society to enjoy peace and stability
  • Argues that traditional authorities should pass on long standing moral teachings through the family, religious institutions, and governmental laws
  • Insists that compliance with traditional morality is more important than individual liberty; in other words, people should not have the freedom to violate moral precepts

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