By Bruce Pilbeam
Conservatism in obstacle? examines the special beneficial properties of British and American conservative writings on govt and society within the post-Cold conflict period. regardless of Conservative's victories over their socialist rivals, this has now not ended in the uncontested dominance in their principles. by way of taking a look at the demanding situations Conservatives face from such contemporary rivals as multiculturalists and environmentalists, Bruce Pilbeam examines the chance that conservatism is exhausted as an ideology of latest relevance.
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The main focus of conservatives’ concerns has shifted away from economics and politics to issues concerning the social and cultural fabric Whether or not free-market ideology is marginalized more widely, a separate question relates to its strength within conservatism. On this, it is valuable to contrast two different interpretations. According to Gray, conservatism since the ascendancy of the New Right has fallen all but entirely into free-market liberalism’s grip. Indeed, ‘the hegemony within conservative thought and policy of neo-liberal ideology is so complete that there is now no historical possibility – political or intellectual – of a return to traditional conservatism’ (Gray, 1995, pp.
Yet if one fear united conservatives in Britain and American, it was the fear of decline, both economic and moral, the belief that their societies were on a downward spiral. Thus, even if the marriage of the various strands of conservatism may have been one more of convenience than total compatibility, the belief that the only way to reverse decline was to develop an intellectual alternative to consensus provided some unity. The core of this unity was combating the enemies within, the labour movement and the Left, and communism without, meaning that an offensive on all fronts – economic, political and cultural – was believed necessary.
Kirkpatrick, interview by author, 16 September 1998). Similarly, Christopher DeMuth, President of the American Enterprise Institute, observes that, even though the intellectual underpinnings of state planning may have fallen into disrepute, the state itself continues to grow in size (DeMuth, 2000; see also McElwee and Tyrie, 2000). Furthermore, Oliver Letwin notes how although cynicism towards politicians may have become a prevalent feature of contemporary politics, a strong faith in the institution of government as solver of problems remains (O.
Conservatism in Crisis?: Anglo-American Conservative Ideology after the Cold War by Bruce Pilbeam
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