Humane Conservatism

From E J Dionne Jr's column in the 6 Dec Washington Post [1], quoting English political philosopher Michael Oakeshott:

... To be conservative [is] to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to Utopian bliss. ...

... and there's much to be said for all of those choices, sometimes ...

(cf Traditarians vs Libertitionists (2000-08-03), Roots of Morality (2009-04-03), Righteous Mind (2020-07-12), ...) - ^z - 2020-12-29