Conservatism

Discipline: Political Science

Political theory based on tradition.

The institutions of human society and government have evolved slowly and survive because they have stood the test of time. Social life is thus formed by processes beyond the rational comprehension of any single person. The principle virtue is thus caution, in not seeking ambitiously to go beyond the limits of individual reason. Human abilities are not equally distributed, and it is for the good of all that those of superior ability lead in politics, economics and social affairs. Private property is good for individuals and for society as a whole, and governments should preserve it but not interfere in its distribution.

Source:
Noel O'Sullivan, Conservatism (London, 1976)

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