Quote: Michael Oakeshott on Conservatism


Michael Joseph Oakeshott (1901-1990) was an English philosopher and political theorist, who is now perhaps best known for his succinct description of what it means to be a Conservative:

"To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss."

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