Fred Thompson has some good advice for the Republican party and takes a rough cut at defining conservative principles. I’ve written a lot about what constitutes conservative principles versus liberal principles. I’m not sure that there is widespread agreement about what “conservative” and “liberal” mean. Still, I can offer these points as key to a sensible conservative ideology:

  • The Laws of Economics cannot be circumvented, so we should not try.
  • Power corrupts, so we should do what we can to limit the concentration of power.
  • Tradition reflects previously discovered wisdom, so we should be slow to change.
  • While people have potential for great good, they also have a capability for evil.

There are more. I’ll work on it.


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