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Conservatism of today was the liberalism of the past

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Submitted by Amir Sani (Canada), Oct 18, 2018 at 10:13

Every generation needs conservatives and liberals. Liberals to bring about new ideas, and conservatives to apply brakes against crazy ideas. However the battle always ends in progress and the adoption of the best of those new ideas. Liberal ideas of yesterday would become conservative ideas of today, and this process continues.

Sure; liberalism has many failures: communism, fascism etc. It has also had many success stories: secularism, republicanism, and the flourishing of science. Based on your own definition if conservatism had always won since 1600s, we would still be living under autocrat monarchies and religious intolerance of the Catholic church.

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You missed my definition of conservatism: respecting tradition while intelligently adapting it to new circumstances.

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