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Would a traditional conservative agree with a New Right view of society?

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Would a traditional conservative agree with a New Right view of society? A traditional conservative would agree with a New Right view of society to an extent. However, in order to answer the question fully it is important to address both their similarities and differences. Traditional conservatists believe in tradition and keeping the status quo and to keep things the way they are. "If it ain't broke don't fix it. This in turn means that they are cautious about change, as they believe it could bring unpredictable results. Traditional Conservatists also believe that human nature is flawed and so there is no point in having an idealistic view of society, as people are not perfect. ...read more.


In addition, taxation actually rose under Mrs. Thatcher and traditional conservatives criticised this, as they have always been the party of sound economic management. Furthermore traditional conservatists believe that the New Right failed in its basic duty to impose order based on the fact that there was high unemployment, poor education and that they placed too much emphasis on "selfish materialism." Other traditionalists include Lord Carrington and Francis Pym. A New Right view is different to a traditional conservative view in a number of ways. The New Right was formed as a reaction to the 1960's and 70's against liberal values e.g. hippies, free love, pacifism etc and against socialism e.g. ...read more.


The New Right is also very individualistic in the sense that they believe in very little state interference and what there is of it should be ran with "business like efficiency". People should be left to get on with their lives. This in turn means that taxes will decrease as people try "to provide on their own for their own." Key New Right names include John Redwood and Alan Clarke who were prominent Thatcherites during the 1980's. John Redwood playing a key role in the policy of selling council houses. In conclusion there are both similarities and differences between traditional conservatists and the New Right view of society and I have discussed these in the above essay. ...read more.

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