To what extent do Conservatives believe in/support tradition and continuity?

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  • To what extent do conservatives believe in/support tradition and continuity
    • Tradition refers to ideas and practices/institutions that have stood the test of time. This helps to establish links with the past, and creates continuity between the past/present and the future
    • Yes
      • Human imperfection
        • Sense of belonging, rootedness
          • Social cohesion
        • Established practices/institutions indv. can recognise
        • Cautious of change, journey into the unknown, generates uncertainty and insecurity
      • Tradition reflects religious faith
        • Burke believed society is shaped by 'the law of our creator'
        • Established p/i constitute 'natural law'
        • Traditions 'god given' if tamper are going against will of God
        • Change could do more harm than good
      • Reflects accumulated wisdom of the past
        • Stood the test of time so they are worth preserving
          • Darwinian 'survival of the fittest'
            • Worked well-of value, proved fitness
          • Should be preserved for future generations
            • Burke society is a 'partnership between those who are living, those who are dead and those who are yet to be born'
              • Chesterton 'democracy of the dead' as dead will always outnumber living
        • Should be preserved for future generations
          • Burke society is a 'partnership between those who are living, those who are dead and those who are yet to be born'
            • Chesterton 'democracy of the dead' as dead will always outnumber living
      • Authoritarian
        • Russian Tsars
          • 'Autocracy, orthodoxy and nationality'
          • Reform sapped away power
          • State education teaching about Russia's past glories
          • Tradition best way to prevent liberal abstract theories that advocate revolution
        • One nation
          • Stop revolution
    • No
      • NR blend of reactionary, radical and traditional features
        • Fuse economic libertarianism with social authoritarianism
      • NL free market based on rational experimentation rather than tradition
        • MacMillan critical of Thatcher's privatisation policies 'selling off the family silver'
        • Some NL would say is tradition bc going back to golden age 19th century of economic and moral fortittude
        • Free market economy allows indv to flourish as they think state intervention prevents this
      • NC more faithful to tradition
        • Growth of permissive society in capitalist liberal democracy
          • Undermined family values, morality and the christian values
          • Has led to more crime and social chaos
            • Argue for stronger police force and harsher deterrents
        • Want indv to stay connected to their past

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