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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My kind of conservatism

I grew up as a conservative, and much of that influence came from the great Russell Kirk, who combined theory and idealism with practical policy.
Kirk, 1918-1994
In the current political hate- and fear-filled atmosphere, I'd forgotten about him, and am thankful a conservative pundit referenced him recently, bemoaning the current state of affairs.
Having re-read his 10 principles of conservatism, I know why. This is conservatism as a philospophy as it should be, not of extremes, but of rationality.
Here they are:
http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/detail/ten-conservative-principles/

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