conservativism


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Noun1.conservativism - a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
neoconservatism - an approach to politics or theology that represents a return to a traditional point of view (in contrast to more liberal or radical schools of thought of the 1960s)
reaction - extreme conservatism in political or social matters; "the forces of reaction carried the election"
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Sending up 1950s social arche-types to nail conformity, conservativism and the ever-dysfunctional family is well-trod terrain, whether used for whimsy ("Pleasantville") or black-comedy horror (Bob Balaban's far more raw "Parents").
Today, we are witnessing the resurgence of conservativism, which began with Violeta Chamorro and slowly has advanced, propelled by the destruction of democratic institutions at the hands of strongmen/politicians Arnoldo Aleman and Daniel Ortega, by the predominance of fundamentalist Catholicism, which holds sway in all the government's institutions and by the agreement that the former revolutionaries struck with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, which was the previous mainstay of the counter-revolution.
If you visit the article on "conservativism" at Wikipedia (http://en.wiki pedia.org/wiki/conservatism), you'll see--at least as of this writing--a strong warning at the top, complete with a graphic of a hand warning you to stop:
David Cameron staked his claim to party leadership yesterday in an article championing compassionate Conservativism.
Recognize that despite euphemisms like "compassionate conservativism," this administration has devastated the lives of women, queers, children, people of color and the poor.
Both the Alliance and the PCs acted, however, out of desperation, each facing annihilation at the hands of a Paul Martin-led Liberal government that takes up just about all the space there is for fiscal conservativism. Brian Mulroney, Preston Manning and their antecedents could only dream of enacting the extreme version of neoliberalism Paul Martin fathered on behalf of the Liberals.
The theological distinctions between Carter and Bush go well beyond the tired categories of theological liberalism and conservativism. In reaction to twentieth-century liberal nostrums about human goodness, Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr formulated his "theology of crisis," which, in the face of the atrocities of Nazism in World War II, demanded that people of faith abandon their quaint naivete about human progress and unite to resist evil--by force, if necessary.
Although Schmitt's own "political theology" is much more complex than Garrard allows here, it is nonetheless tree that a great gulf separates early twentieth-century conservativism from revolutionary-era Catholic political thought.
By the time readers arrive at this last section they will find themselves well prepared to comprehend how legal conservativism and technological ignorance on the part of the law and everyday technology users curtails civil liberties and impedes the flow of information in our society.
Mr Evans' speech was intended to reinforce the new ``caring, compassionate'' Conservativism, which has reform of key public sector services at its heart.
Meistad concludes that the two-kingdoms doctrine led to the social, political, and theological conservativism of Lutheranism.
Charles Rowe, who edited the paper since 1949, was known as an unrepentant liberal, while Josiah Rowe cheerily concedes his conservativism. Citing a recent letter from a reader who cheekily suggested that he had always thought the paper was owned by the Democratic Party, Josiah Rowe said that under his control, "I would hope the party preference is not so evident."

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