This week’s theme word: Conservative

Anglo-Irish Edmund Burke (1729-1797) didn’t use the word conservative when he opposed the French revolution in 1790. But, his French disciples did, notably François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), whose 1818-1819 Le Conservateur supported the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy.

By 1830, the word Conservative was adopted by a British political party. American conservatism was shaped by Russell Kirk (1918-1994), Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008), Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) and George Will (born 1941).

In 2020, Will voted for Joe Biden. His 600-page 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility didn’t include the name Donald Trump. He’s “a person without a party” because today’s republicans have turned away from conservative principles. See “Does ‘Conservatism’ Actually Mean Anything Anymore?

Tomorrow: Will Dobbs v. Jackson be a victory for conservatives or a victory for big government?

From “Jeff Flake Has Taken On Trump And The GOP, But Will It Matter?” by Jessica Taylor, NPR, April 8, 2017. (See also, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Review,” The Dartmouth Review, January 17, 2018.)

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