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elastic appeal

“Conservatism is a multifaceted ideology. Claiming to represent the interests of big business, agriculture, the Church of England and, sometimes, the working class, its un-dogmatic nature lends it an elastic appeal that the free trade Liberals and socialistic Labour have to do without. For better or worse, there is no Marx or Mill to limit the boundaries of Conservative thought.” (The Foundations of the British Conservative Party, Loc 4541 of 6038)

When do conservatives welcome change?

“Recall that conservatism is a statement about risk. The conservative cannot rule out change. As Burke pointed out, ‘to make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely’. This gives a reason for conservatives to embrace change: if our country is not lovely, then change would be welcome. In other words, if an innovator can show that the current situation is bad enough, then the risks of unintended consequences of his or her policies are outweighed by the likelihood of improvement of the problem at hand. Social strife, economic problems and polarized politics imply that the risks of change may be worth undertaking.” (The Foundations of the British Conservative Party, Loc 1234 of 6038)

conservative / liberal

“Small-c conservatism stresses continuity and casts a critical eye over social change, while the liberal, whose ultimate value is freedom, is concerned that behaviour is only limited by agreed institutional methods and that people are protected from the adverse effects of others’ actions.” (The Foundations of the British Convervative Party, Loc 1096 of 6038)

“The conservative/liberal distinction is not the same as a left/right distinction.” (Loc 1158)

“Hayek himself criticized conservatism”

“Yet neither Hayek’s nor Friedman’s ideas could be wholeheartedly accepted by conservatives. Hayek himself criticized conservatism, and he embraced the possibility of radical social change and uncertainty. Furthermore, his attacks on welfare states and the concept of social justice risked, from a conservative point of view, stoking social unrest and undermining stability.” (The Foundations of the British Conservative Party, Loc 1152 of 6038)

dangers and costs of bureaucracy

“Conservatives were particularly concerned about the dangers and costs of bureaucracy, with its self-fulfilling tendency to expansion. Against this, free enterprise capitalism had proven its merits during the previous century: it had raised living standards, it provided opportunity and yet was also responsive to public demands, it was more open, and it required comparatively little by way of regulation and official supervision.” (The Foundations of the British Conservative Party, Loc 804 of 6038)

Conservative principles

“Throughout this period, Conservative principles were a topic of frequent discussion, to an extent which may be surprising for a party often depicted as being driven by pragmatism and a simple appetite for power, and unconcerned with — even abhorrent of — any intellectual endeavour theoretical analysis.” (The Foundations of the British Conservative Party [FBCP], Loc 372 of 6038)