Classical Conservatism

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Classical Conservatism

  1. 1. Classical Conservatism Social 30-1
  2. 2. Ladies and Gentlemen…Edmund Burke
  3. 3. Conservative=Reactionary=The Right <ul><li>Edmund Burke disagreed with the ideas of classical liberalism </li></ul><ul><li>He was horrified by the revolutionary changes during the French Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Change needed to respect past generations </li></ul><ul><li>The only reason to make change to societies institutions would be to protect institutions from radical or revolutionary change </li></ul>The REACTIONARY - looks back to the past, rather than forward, and tends to be resistant to change, particularly radical change. In preferring traditional ways, reactionaries protect their own interests.
  4. 4. Classical Conservative Beliefs <ul><li>Society should be structured in a hierarchy-people do not have equal abilities. Those with the ability to lead should be the leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Government should be chosen by a minority of people who have special rights and privileges </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders should be humanitarian </li></ul><ul><li>Stability of society is the most important thing </li></ul>
  5. 5. His biggest fear <ul><li>He was afraid allowing all people, especially uneducated, ill informed people to participate in government, would lead to chaos. </li></ul>Good order is the foundation of all things .

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