Party policies and ideas: traditional v new right conservatism

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Conservative ideas

Traditional conservatism:

  • property/empiricism/opposition to ideology/pragmatism/organic society
  • human nature-Conservatives, unlike other ideologies have held a pessimistic idea of human nature.This originates in the Roman catholic view that humans are born of "original sin" which suggests that we are flawed in character and are unable to achieve perfection.We are driven by self interested motives or appetites, such as as the desire for property/ for power. This implies that people cannot be trusted with government as they will use it to further their own interests
  • Order-conservatives see mankind's most basic need as being for order and security. Hobbes argued that mankind would choose to, out of a choice of freedom or order, sacrifice its freedom to have order. The only way to assure this…


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