In the end, the diagnosis offered by Red Tory probably calls for more Kirk/Nisbet circumspection than [PHILLIP BLOND] is able to muster. That kind of grirnness - if not pessimism - provides a strong sense of realism and recognition about the daunting nature of the task at hand. It is also the basic source of that most essential aspect of the conservative disposition: the ability to acknowledge and even anticipate unintended consequences. There is a strangely "liberal" quality to Blond's chirpy catalogue of recommendations, which, it is unquestioningly implied, will result in the healing of a broken society, either preceded or elicited by a universal change of mind about our very nature. One fundamental and invaluable contribution of conservatism at least since Edmund Burke has been its capacity to offer a chastened assessment of such claims and to commend circumspection over the belief in our capacity to effect a revolution in mores and manners. The conundrum faced by Blond is how to effect a revolution that will undo a revolution. Yet a more conservative disposition would recognize that any revolution-even one in the name of conservatism - is likely to fall short (to be subsumed by the dominant liberal ethos) or to be so powerful as necessarily to generate an ocean of unintended consequences, perhaps even ones that undermine the stated aim.
Ticket to Utopia Patrick J Deneen American Conservative; Jun 2010; 9, 6; Docstoc pg. 14 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Fur
Pages to are hidden for
"Ticket to Utopia"Please download to view full document