17 abr. 2008

What is conservatism?

The freeway remains large, large enough to accomodate very different players, with highly differente prejudices and techniques: from Fank Meyer, with his metaphysics of freedom, to Russell Kirk, with his traditionailist preoccupations; from Brent Bozell with his vision of the church-centered society to Garry Willis and his insuperable wall of separation; from Willmoore Kendall and Ernest van den Haag with their emphasis on the consensual society to Milton Friedman and the Open Society-the differences are now tonal, now substantive; but they do not appear to be choking each other off. The symbiosis may yet be a general consensus on the proper balance between the freedom, order, justice, and tradition.
 
William F. Buckley, Jr

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