With only the slightest sagacity it becomes readily apparent diversity is a property possessed solely by Conservatism. Modern Liberalism (not ironically but intentionally) is limited to uniformity, stagnation, regression and repression.
Conservatism has always offered diversity from its founding contributions post Enlightenment through the present day. Conservatism is in fact what we once referred to as classical liberalism. Modern Liberalism is merely the contemporary namesake for an unchanging, unyielding ideology. Whether calling itself Jacobin or Fabian, Marxist or Socialist, Progressive or Communist, Liberal or Community Organizer, regardless the moniker the idea is the same, Leftism. And the goal is to redistribute wealth through a massive State in order to create the Elitist vision of a utopian society.
Compare on the other hand Conservatism which is rich with variation, vast in viewpoints uniquely differing from each others. But a historical review displays the diversity of Conservatism.
From the onset America was formed between a struggle of those who wished to conserve the principles of the Magna Charta and Enlightenment to those who wanted to preserve the post Enlightenment stability remaining loyal to the crown offered.
Another life and death struggle ensued between the proslavery Southern conservatives and the Union preservation conservatives of the North.
Post-bellum the debate advanced between industrialization and landed Cconservatives. This evolved to the Pre-Post WW1 era dialogue between southern agrarian, academic new humanists and return to normalcy Conservatism. Today we have a robust debate from the tensions arising between libertarians, religious conservatives, neo-cons and mainstreamers.
The liberal would offer conservatism only offers bloodshed, after all the Revolution and Civil War were violent events, Leftism is the best solution to end this suffering. Of course history proves otherwise. The Leftist inspired French Revolution was vastly more violent per capita than the American Revolution for as typical with Leftism, the assault is taken out directly upon the people in the name of the people. A quick scan from National Socialism (heavily indebted to their Progressive forebears), through the Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, etc communisms easily reminds how deadly Leftism is. Yes fighting for liberty is a bloody work but in the end it yields freedom, where as fighting for Leftism yields killing fields and mass unmarked graves.
Modern liberalism remains a rehash of either the inexorable drive to boring (but bloody) old totalitarianism or collapse under its own weight until the struggle to rebuild the behemoth can begin anew.
So here we are today, Liberalism once again ascendant but essentially unchanged. It is they who remain staid and ironically it will be conservatism, if we can rediscover it, which will progress as it always has society to better things.
The threat and great disadvantage of Conservatism ironically is it’s abundance of diversity. For liberals are united and aligned in their utopian vision which drives the zealotry necessary to achieve. Conservatism remains muddled in the vigorous debate and thus finds herself engaged frequently in splintering feuds which fracture the ideology along its various fault lines. The long conversation must continue but it’s best if Conservatives set aside a bit of the inevitable human passion which arises from such noble and glorious pursuits, to remember our shared Conservative principles of small limited constitutional government, individual liberty, free markets and rule of law. A failure to rally around the core conservative principles risks earthquakes along the fault lines and shattering the nation allow our ship of state to be swamped by resulting Leftist tsunami. • (1322 views)