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The Economist
7 mins | May 13, 2020

Conservatism works best when it compromises

A resilient ideology: which changes are inevitable, and which should be resisted? "Throughout its first 200 years, conservatism has contained an unresolvable tension. Robert Peel, the Tory prime minister who created London’s Metropolitan Police, thought his party’s governing philosophy ought to be to oppose unneeded social change wherever possible, but to accept it where necessary. Writing much later, Samuel Huntington, an American academic, thought that in this regard all conservatism was “situational”. But how to tell the difference between unnecessary change and the unavoidable sort?" The Economist reviews Edmund Fawcett's book, 'Conservatism'.

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