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July 17, 2014


I have come to think myself, is necessary to distinguish actual conservative thought, from the rightwing form of glib liberal thinking.
Curiously, we do not also need the term “palaeoliberal,” to describe the old Enlightenment attitudes, which remain in fashion after three hundred years, and some portions of which were, until quite recently, partially sane. “Nineteen-fifties liberal” is sometimes attempted: but that kind of person is now called a “conservative,” and has been called a conservative since at least the Reform Bill of 1832. He is of the faction that waves all the old signboards for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, and what have you, but would prefer them to arrive at a slower pace. (The italicized words are the national motto of Haiti; and I think also of France.) Whereas, a “palaeoconservative” would not like them to arrive at all. He refuses to wave those signboards. (He sees how things have worked out in Haiti.) Indeed, he does not believe in signboards.
- - David Warren

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 17, 2014 10:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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For crying out loud, how about living without labels and the baubles of esoteric babbles. Try any one of these suggestions ---

Live and let live.

Respect yourself and respect others.

Don't be greedy. Don't be overbearing.

When in doubt, think, study, observe, consider all pertinent alternatives for action, then decide and act in a timely manner.

Or as some sage suggested, "See the one Self in All ... and behave with the awareness of everyone's divinity."
Try living Philipians 4:8.

Before acting, ask and answer, "Is it true, is it necessary, is it just, is it kind?"

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2014 10:46 AM

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