Human Imperfection

Discipline: Political Science

Element in conservatism.

Human nature is inherently flawed, the secular equivalent of the doctrine of original sin.

It is both useless and dangerous to pursue ambitious schemes of social or political progress. Government should, rather, seek to preserve order and check humanity's natural viciousness.

Source:
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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