Skip to comments.Mark Levin explains why conservatism is not an ideology
Posted on 06/23/2012 11:38:40 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
On Levin's show this past thursday, he took a call from a college student in Chicago. This call wouldn't have had to be made if colleges still taught the principles of liberty. This call illustrates both the danger we face(which the colleges themselves have helped to create/exaserbate) as well as the fact that there are indeed answers to questions, there are solid and grounded reasons for why things are as they are.
Mark Levin explains why conservatism is not an ideology
This couldn't come at a better time, considering some of the contrasts I hope to one day do between the Founders of America and the founders of progressivism. This is something that I myself have believed for a long time, but I've never heard or read an answer as eloquent as this.
Traditionalist Conservatism isn’t ideological at all. It’s more a series of guiding principles that frame decision making.
Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind is great on explaining that as well.
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When experts were saying conservatism isn't an ideology, they were dealing with conservatives who really weren't very ideological.
Those non-ideological conservatives were "muddling through" types, skeptical about general ideas.
What Burke and Kirk were saying would strike a lot of people today as mushy and vague.
What the critics want is something more rigorous -- and, well, ideological.
It also depends on what you mean by "ideology."
Levin is using "ideology" in a pejorative way, and the student is using it in a more general and universal way.
The definition you use determines what your answer will be.
Thanks for posting the link. This was an excellent call.