Saturday, July 19, 2008

Standing Athwart History, Saying "This Way."

William F. Buckley famously said about conservatism that it is "standing athwart history, yelling Stop." (Here.) David Brooks seems to have a different idea. He passes on a quote from Benjamin Disraeli in his recent column.
"'In a progressive country, change is constant; and the great question is not whether you should resist change, which is inevitable, but whether that change should be carried out in deference to the manners, the customs, the laws and traditions of a people, or whether it should be carried out in deference to abstract principles, and arbitrary and general doctrines.'" (Here.)
You know, the American Revolution not the French Revolution.

-tdr

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