Wednesday, July 8, 2009


"Conservatism, though a necessary element in any stable society, is not a social program;  in its paternalistic, nationalistic, and power-adoring tendencies, it is often closer to socialism than true liberalism.  And with its traditionalistic, anti-intellectual, and often mystical propensities, it will never, except in short periods of disillusionment, appeal to the young and all those others who believe that some changes are desirable if this world is to become a better place.  A Conservative movement, by its very nature, is bound to be a defender of established privilege and to lean on the power of government for the protection of privilege."

F.A. Hayek, from The Road To Serfdom

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