Happy Friday Thoughts: Sin and Conservatism

In most cases, I dislike posts that just quote articles without adding additional value.  However, I want to make an exception today because the occasionally squishy David Brooks just published two important sentences in our one quasi-national newspaper.


Conservatism is built on the idea of original sin — on the assumption of human fallibility and uncertainty. To remedy our fallen condition, conservatives believe in civilization — in social structures, permanent institutions and just authorities, which embody the accumulated wisdom of the ages and structure individual longings.

That assumption is what tempers our optimism and informs our understanding the proper role of government.  While this may seem to be a downer, a sad paradigm that stifles hope, it actually points us towards something greater than human strength in which our confidence is more properly placed.

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