A Definition of Conservativism:


It's based on Absolute Truths, Realism, Wisdom of the Ages, Common Sense, the Natural Family, Community, Traditions, Celebration of Ancestors, and Reverence for the Past. In the case of Western Civilization, Christianity has had a huge influence. To the conservative, community is more important than individualism - community comes first.

Conservative society is organically structured, based on realism and common sense. This society would have a small "bottom up" government. Advancement by Merit, not equality. Everybody finds a place in society by their individual talents.

When we talk of people from another culture being "conservative" what are we referring to? We are indicating that they come from a strong culture that has been around for at least hundreds of years. This culture is family oriented - after all, family is the way future generations are created and brought up to carry on the culture. The culture springs from their unique history and moral system/religion.

About Marriage: All cultures and history have shown us what marriage is; a man and a woman starting and raising a family, and so on, for each generation. It is one of the building blocks of society. It has stood the test of time.




 Quotes from the Traditionalist Quote Page:


... the essence of social conservatism is preservation of the ancient moral traditions of humanity. Conservatives respect the wisdom of their ancestors ... they are dubious of wholesale alteration.

Kirk, Russell | The Conservative Mind | Page 7 | BN Publishing 2008
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For at bottom such concepts as truth, courage, loyalty, justice, prudence, duty, and love, or treason, cheating, and lying, do not alter with the ages.

Gairdner, William D | After Liberalism | Page 4 | Stoddart 1998
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[The True Conservative] argues that the consequences of all our actions extend far beyond our own noses. For it is precisely by our personal freedoms and choices that we add to or subtract from the quality of life not only for ourselves but for our families, our friends, and our communities, and most often in ways not at first apparent. That is why the true conservative says we are first of all social, interdependent beings. Free, but also bound.

Gairdner, William D | After Liberalism | Intro. | Stoddart 1998
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To find the good and avoid the bad we also need the wisdom of the ages, to be found in tradition, wise customs, honoured beliefs, religion, and venerable moral standards.

Gairdner, William D | After Liberalism | Page 3 | Stoddart 1998
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... the true conservative believes deeply that the individual is a product of a well-formed society, and not the reverse: a well-formed society creates and nurtures free and responsible individuals; individuals do not spring forth this way from whole cloth, and then create society.

Gairdner, William D | The Trouble with Canada -Still | Page 150 | Key Porter 2010
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....no single generation could possibly reinvent the accumulated wisdom of so many prior ones.

Gairdner, William D | The War Against the Family | Page 32 | Stoddart 1992
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A nation is not an idea only of local extent, and individual momentary aggregation; but it is an idea of continuity, which extends in time as well as in numbers and in space. And this is a choice not of one day, or one set of people, not a tumultuary and giddy choice; it is a deliberate election of ages and of generations; it is a constitution made by what is ten thousand times better than choice, it is made by peculiar circumstances, occasions, tempers, dispositions, and moral, civil, and social habitudes of the people, which disclose themselves only in a long space of time.

Kirk, Russell | The Conservative Mind | Page 50 | BN Publishing 2008
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One of the things that built our civilization, and has contributed to every other great civilization, is reverence for the past. With it's extinction comes the extinction of civilization itself: it loses all of its moorings.

Warren, David | Ottawa Citizen columns | | Ottawa Citizen 11/15/2009