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 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 […]

Against Models│Jake Scott

 You often hear the Eurocrats telling us we would have “no special deal” after Brexit, that we should choose a model of relationship akin to those established by the Swiss or Norwegians in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). This is strikingly revealing of the European Union’s obsession with a priori systems imposed from above; […]

The anti-rationalism of modern socialism | Jake Scott

In the second half of the twentieth century, the famous English conservative Michael Oakeshott delivered his powerful polemic against rationalism in politics. In this, he claimed the projects of rationalism that littered Europe had been generated by the false belief that the rich complexities of human society could be – and should be – reducible […]

The Progression of American Progressives | Sarah Stook

On January 20th 2017, Donald Trump will officially become the 45th US President. A Republican President whose strong rhetoric on issues such as immigration and defence, he prides himself on being a successor to Ronald Reagan, whom he often names as a source of inspiration second only to his father, Fred. So how will this […]

The curious conservatism of the student left | Jake Scott

Watching Downton Abbey for the first time this morning (shocking, I know), I was given the impression that the writer wanted to present a world entirely removed from our own, one hundred years gone where men were men and women were women, where people knew their place and where the slightest word (a let-slip ‘damn’ […]

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As Liberalism Dies, Marriage can be Reborn | Oliver Norgrove

Thanks in large part to a damning referendum result and swift change of government, British conservatism appears to have been offered an escape route out of muted, liberal imprisonment. It has been a long while, and ecstatic though I am that patriotic conservatism is once again firmly on the agenda, I remain hesitant over what […]