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Saturday, March 28, 2020

On The Journey From Liberalism To Conservatism

The journey from liberalism to conservatism is the trend in all democratic countries. The young man is a liberal; he thinks he can achieve anything; he is contemptuous of the social norms; his mind is a cauldron of idealism and he is full of enthusiasm for changing and reforming everything—but when he gets older and mature, the realization dawns on him that there are limits to what can be done, that change and reform do not always lead to desirable outcomes, and then be becomes a conservative who takes a hard-headed view of the world, who realizes the importance of conserving the basic structure of his society. “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains”—this saying (often attributed to Winston Churchill), I think, captures the difference between the liberal and the conservative.

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