Revolutionaries themselves are the last people to realize when, through force of time and circumstance, they have gradually become conservatives. It is scarcely to be wondered at if the public is very nearly as slow in the uptake.
Conservatives have a problem with women. For that matter, all men do.ann coulter
British Conservatives base their entire approach to politics on the rule of law, and rightly so.William Randolph Hearst
I am persuaded now that I have a better prospect than MrsThatcher of leading the Conservatives to a fourth electoral victoryand preventing the ultimate calamity of a Labour government.Heseltine, Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron
I ask you to join me in saying that enough is enough with Liberal arrogance and scandals and enough to the vote-buying promises of the Conservatives. There's a better choice, a third option, the NDPjack layton
Conservatives have nothing against incumbency when it is their people who are filling the slots.michael parenti
Conservatives or better, pro- corporate apologists hijacked the vocabulary of Jeffersonian liberalism and turned words like " progress ," " opportunity ," and " individualism " into tools for making the plunder of America sound like divine right … This "degenerate and unlovely age," as one historian calls it, exists in the mind of Karl Rove the reputed brain of George W. Bush as the seminal age of inspiration for politics and governance of America today.bill moyers
The beasts (Conservatives) had committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter.
Conservatives question government programs. War is a government program. If they hope to retain a modicum of philosophical integrity, Conservatives will have to include a critique of the state's warfare machine in their case against its welfare apparatus.
I write about power, that's my real subject - how you get it, what you do with it, how you abuse it. I'm equally wary of liberals and Conservatives.rene balcer
Too often the revolutionary is the man who must create order in the chaos left by failed Conservatives.bernard crick
It is a commonplace observation that liberals believe in the perfectibility of man while Conservatives believe in the endurance of original sin. Superficially, that would suggest that Conservatives take a more understanding and indulgent view of individual lapses, while liberals take a more harshly judgmental one. In fact, we know, quite the opposite is the case.William A. Henry III
Had there been no Buckley, there would likely have been no Reagan administration, no Morning in America, no “Tear down this wall,” and no Cold War triumph for liberty and the West. It may sometimes be confusing, what with all the intramural squabbling among libertarian Conservatives, neoConservatives, paleoConservatives, and the like, to know exactly what “conservatism” stands for these days. But Buckley more than anyone made clear that there are things it would not stand for.buckley, william f., jr.
The cause which is blocking all progress today is the subtle scepticism which whispers in a million ears that things are not good enough to be worth improving. If the world is good we are revolutionaries , if the world is evil we must be Conservatives . These essays, futile as they are considered as serious literature, are yet ethically sincere , since they seek to remind men that things must be loved first and improved afterwards.gilbert keith chesterton
I don't care, whatever political considerations I have are absolutely irrelevant to the decisions I make having to do with people's civil liberties and something as weighty as Americans risking their lives overseas. The day that I start think politically about those things is the day I should leave politics. --(In response to the claim that his stands on civil liberties may hurt his chances with moderate Democrats and Conservatives.russ feingold
The issue is not that morals be applied to public policy, it's that Conservatives bring public policy to spheres of our lives where it should not enter.barney frank
They, the Conservatives, are the real outsides, they tell us, gazing with disgust upon the ludicrous manners of the high and mighty. Or, they tell us, they are rough-and-ready proles, laughing along with us at the efforts of our social "betters" to reform and improve us. That they are often, in fact, people of privilege doing their utmost to boost the fortunes of a political party that is the traditional tool of the privileged is a contradiction that does not trouble them.thomas frank
...the miserable specimens who call themselves ' liberals ' are really Conservatives: they're desperately even hysterically defending a welfare-warfare kleptocracy that is now at least four generations old, against growing numbers of us (unlike Republicans , who seem to become more ignorant with every passing year) who have actually managed to learn something from history and are struggling to dismantle said kleptocracy.l. neil smith
Some Conservatives have expressed outrage that the views of professors are at odds with the views of students, as if ideas were entitled to be represented in proportion to their popularity and students were entitled to professors who share their political or social values. One of the more important functions of college that it exposes young people to ideas and arguments they have not encountered at home is redefined as a problem.ellen willis
The real division is not between Conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.george orwell
We should never define Libertarian positions in terms coined by liberals or Conservatives nor as some variant of their positions. We are not fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We are Libertarians, who believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility on all issues at all times.
For libertarians, freedom entails the right of people to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. For Conservatives, freedom entails the right of government to do just about anything it wants, even if its conduct is violent.