What is Conservativism? What is Progressivism?

Here’s an interesting site where the author breaks it down into simplistic steps.  There are some that I wouldn’t agree with on what is conservativism.  It might make sense in today’s climate (and that’s what the author is saying), but as a philosopher, conservativism is something different than how it’s being used today.

On the flip side, he also has a list of what is progressivism.  Again, not everything on the list I agree with, but it’s a very nice summary on both counts to suggest what the differences are.

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I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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3 Responses to What is Conservativism? What is Progressivism?

  1. thekillerj says:

    I’m fine with most of that list. It’s worded to make conservatives sound brutish. That’s okay. I’m a brute, and I’ll break the author’s keyboard and/or arms.

    • shaunmiller says:

      It’s interesting that you think of conservatives as “brutish.” I actually see them as “realistic” or somewhat pragmatic than progressives. I think that’s the main problem with progressives: they’re too idealist. Yes, it’s possible that the world should be a certain way, but it’s hard to be ideal when reality can’t reach it. However, the conservatives seems to idealize their brutishness, as you put it. And they can’t seem to see where it’s going or should go. I guess that’s why it’s kind of lost right now. Progressives are missing the reality; conservatives are missing the ideals. I wish politics would stop with ideology and start being more practical. I guess that’s why we’re both independents.

  2. Kevin says:

    practical politics… yeah right.

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