What is conservatism?

I’ve been asking myself this question for years. Occasionally, I read essays by people who call themselves “conservative,” because I’d like to have a definition. I don’t understand what they’re talking about nowadays. Seems like they’re promoting communities, or something like that, because they seem to believe our communities have disintegrated, and they say lack of religion has something to do with it.

I don’t get that. I don’t see that. So I don’t understand what conservatism — do we call it neo-conservatism? — believes in.

I’m a liberal. I know how to define myself and how to define public figures who run for office as liberals or Democrats. I understand the liberal philosophy and the policies that apply. But I have not been able to define conservatism. What is a conservative for?

I’ve figured it out and it’s a lot simpler than I thought:

A conservative is for money.

A liberal is for people.





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