There is much food for thought here. There may be viable solutions, or there may not be. I have hopes, but no certainties, that there may be viable solutions.

I plan to think on the article over the weekend and, if I find anything worth writing, to do so.

John Malcolm

By Daren Jonescu | August 3, 2012 | American Thinker

Can conservatives be revolutionaries?  Given the level of crisis into which civilization has fallen, and that the unfolding disaster is the result of what is now called “liberalism,” it behoves us to ask whether the only serious countervailing force, “conservatism,” is up to the task of radical change.

At face value, conservatism would seem to be a position of reserve, caution, and resistance to change.  How, then, can conservatives — anti-radicals by nature — turn back the tide of political and moral devolution that has led the once-free world to the brink of economic collapse and tyranny?

I believe that the answer, paradoxically, is that they can turn it back by failing to turn it back.  To see how this makes sense, a little context is necessary.

Despite all of Barack Obama’s hoopla about “fundamentally transforming” America, the truth of the…

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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2 Responses to

  1. Boeke says:

    This article is just plain silly. the seeds of it’s disaster are in the very first paragraph:

    “Can conservatives be revolutionaries? Given the level of crisis into which civilization has fallen, and that the unfolding disaster is the result of what is now called “liberalism,” it behoves us to ask whether the only serious countervailing force, “conservatism,” is up to the task of radical change.”

    First of all, none of the self-styled ‘conservatives’ I’ve seen in this forum are really conservatives. IMO, what they are is “radical rightists” who do not cherish conservative values (such as expressed in the Constitution) they just want to USE those values, which others cherish, for their own personal (vanity) and political (control) purposes.

    The constantly expressed scorn of “liberalism” and “liberals” is a dead giveaway that they are not making independent thought-out decisions. The cheap shot of just constantly being against something is simply brainless. Such a ‘radical rightist’, by constantly referencing his hated enemy, is surrendering the initiative and has no real independence. He’s the slave of his hatreds.

    No, these people are NOT conservatives.

    • Boeke, Your comment is noted. I shall not respond to it because it is too much like cussing to be worth even the minimal effort it would require. Should others care to respond, I trust that they will do so.

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