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For conservatives what is the more important idea, the rejection of radical change or the need to preserve a hierarchical society?

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For conservatives what is the more important idea, the rejection of radical change or the need to preserve a hierarchical society? At the heart of conservative philosophy, two ideas stand out as central to its vision of the world. The first of these is the desire to preserve tradition, and the second, is the commitment to preserving a hierarchical society. Conservatives have often tried to persuade us that the tried and tested ways of doing things and the benefits of a disciplined society are in the interests of everybody. These principles have conceived many different forms of conservative politics, despite this, its highly arguable that these two concerns are really two sides of the same story, with the same ending, the justification of an unequal society. In this essay, I will seek to demonstrate that the conservative world that conservatives wish to preserve and defend, has been characterised by hierarchy. Their ongoing resistance to change has, in effect, been an attempt to preserve hierarchy in the face of democratic change. Conservatism means to be cautious, suspicious of change and to prefer to keep things as they are. An extreme conservative doesn?t change anything at all. First developed by Edmund Burke in his book ?Reflections on a Revolution in France? (1790) He believed that society evolves over time through gradually accumulating wisdoms of the past, and that it couldn?t be rushed through rapid or violent change, or that it could be improved through abstract ideas or blueprints. ...read more.


Those at the top however, have a duty to alleviate the suffering of those at the bottom. Libertarian conservatism combines the ideas of libertarian politics, with classic conservative values. The biggest example of libertarian conservatism is the ?New Right? in the UK and US in the 1980?s and 1990?s. It was actualised in Britain by the advent of Thatcherism. While the classic conservative values were still present, it was open to things like limited state intervention and radical changes. It also introduced ideas that were foreign to conservatives like a limited welfare provision and was actually seen as a return to a more classical liberal style of government, which was previously the complete opposite to conservative ideals. The first of the two ideas - the rejection of radical change, is spurned from the idea that the society we live in is the best we can hope for, it is the product of evolution, as we as humans have worked hard to reach the position that we are currently in. Like a good wine, our society has matured over time, so also like a good wine, why not preserve it? It?s important to learn from lessons passed down from generation to generation, and we owe it to our predecessors to learn from from the lessons of history, as it brings accumulate wisdom. ...read more.


another base in the belief of hierarchy, is that hierarchy is itself, the basis of order. One of the biggest fears that conservatives share is the fear of chaos, that things will fall out of control and descend into mayhem, which is why they believe a hierarchy is needed as it stops signs of chaos before they start, if all the right people are in the positions they should be. Ideas like liberal individualism and socialist egalitarianism both undermine the natural order, and present the risk of chaos to a conservative way of life. Violence and anarchy are the results of when institutions fail to tame our nature. Many opponents of conservatism say that this point of view harbours greed-mongering politicians. To conclude, while both ideas of conservatism have their differences, it is clear they have many more similarities, both of them point to the idea that the people on top deserve to be there, and those on the bottom deserve to as well. There is no room for those from the bottom to get to the top, and everything is done to prevent those from the top falling down to the bottom. This is all executed under the guise of ?tradition? and maintaining ?natural order? however it seems obvious that it is all designed with the idea of preserving hierarchy?s that are frankly archaic in todays world. ...read more.

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