Tag Archives: Edmund Burke

In Need of a Landslide

“When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.” ~ Edmund Burke Burke … Continue reading

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An Honorable Adventure

There’s nothing wrong with being conservative. Being cautious about change is a good thing. Being prudent with the limited funds available to government is a good thing. There might be such a thing as a good conservative, and a fine … Continue reading

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Why Good Things Are Bad

London burned down in 1666 – it started at a bakery on Pudding Lane – but that was a bad year. The war with the Dutch wasn’t going well either – but we did get some cool insults out of … Continue reading

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The Battle to Return to the Thirteenth Century Begins

Yes, there’s William F. Buckley’s famous definition of a conservative, as that one man standing athwart history and shouting NO! And of course Buckley considered that noble and right, if not heroic. But things change all the time, for better … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Conservative

There are conservative icons more substantial than Barry Goldwater, who had no problem with gay folks, and Ronald Reagan, who, as president, raised taxes eleven times, and told congress, with some passion, that they’d be insane not to raise the … Continue reading

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The Limits of Nostalgia as a Political Philosophy

Sometimes it’s hard to separate conservatism from nostalgia, as conservative thought is so often wrapped up in talk of the good old days – when things were as they should be, as they had been worked out over the ages. … Continue reading

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The Last Curmudgeon

Well, the old bat is gone – although it’s not exactly Ding-Dong the Wicked Witch Is Dead. Helen Thomas is pushing ninety and quite alive. She just took earlier retirement: Helen Thomas, a veteran columnist for Hearst Newspapers, announced her … Continue reading

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