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Explain the implications of the conservative belief in an organic society

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´╗┐Explain the implications of the conservative belief in an organic society? According to traditional conservatives-organic society isn?t constructed with individual parts but is a living thing, which naturally has fragile parts. Therefore it isn?t mechanically re-assembled, as it would make society artificial. Traditional conservatives reject negative freedom and identify organic society as being the instrument, which enables people to fit in comfortably as there will be no isolation. There are allusions to Hobbes pessimistic view of human nature (in which life would be ?nasty, brutish and short?)- this implies that the organic society is the shield that protects individuals from the human nature of others. ...read more.

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A classical belief of preservation and keeping everything traditional derives from organic society. Socialists and liberals view rational humans as having the ability to change through reform and revolution, thus an organic society enables conservatives to keep the things, which work (as they have been tested by time). Society itself is molded together with different elements that have been accumulated over centuries, thus it is beyond human control and should smoothly be continuous. Oakseshott remarked society is ?boundless and bottomless?: this supplements of keeping an organic society which respects tradition rather than an individualistic which has the ability to lead into radical ideas. ...read more.

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For example, the British monarchy is a part of society because it is associated to law, order and authority. It is beyond human control to abolish an institution like this and break the ?delicate? fabric- for example: A million people celebrated the 2011 British royal wedding- because it is culturally significant to society. However, the new right view of society (Thatcher and Reagan) is of atomistic individualism-this implies the individual is greater than society. Thatcher remarked that ?there is no such thing as society? and ?it?s our duty to look after ourselves?- this neo-liberal view illustrates the idea that individual freedom should strive and there shouldn?t be a worry about their social obligations (something which is traditionally important). ...read more.

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