A Brief History of Conservatism (III): Capitalism

Since the days of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party has been the defender of free market capitalism and, apparently, the prevailing global neoliberal consensus. The latest 2017 General Election manifesto, however, showed a desire to move away from this economic order to the more “middle-ground Toryism” of the days of Harold Macmillan, and so the […]

A Historical Analysis of the Republican Party

From the party dedicated to the freedom of the enslaved, to the one who is a staple of Western right-wing politics, the Republican Party’s history is as rich and fascinating as their current state. With the Republicans controlling the White House, Congress and Governorships, as well as having a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, […]

U-turn if you want to | Matthew Cowley

We expect our politicians to make the right decision every time. We expect them to be exemplary role models in every aspect of their private and professional lives. If we want to have a better politics in this country, we need to accept that all our politicians – whatever their party or ideological background – […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (II): Free Speech

You would be hard-pressed to find a more contemporary dilemma in modern western culture than that of ‘free speech’. As the issue rears its head more frequently – especially, it would seem, on university campuses – the conservative finds himself more and more pressed to defend the liberal notion of the ‘right to free speech’, […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (I): Preface, and Property

Preface to the series:The intention of this series of articles, which shall run over the next two months, is to propose an understanding of the history of conservatism, and the currents of thought that flow like rivers into a deep lake. This is a grand undertaking, since there is no central text to conservatism, unlike […]