Quote of the Day

Northern conservatism. . . is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. 

Robert Louis Dabney, 1871.

7 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Wow, #10 on Amazon’s top sellers list. ‘Laptop from Hell is #2, ‘Real Fauci’ is #3. The only leftist propaganda book in the top 10 is ‘1619’. Looks like the leftist will be dutifully gifting each other with this one, while the rest of the people are fed up.

    Lat time I went to Barnes and Noble, they had every leftist propaganda book displayed prominently. How do they want to survive if they don’t sell what customers buy? They make it really easy for Bezos.

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    1. “Free childcare” means “soaring costs of childcare.” “Free college” means no college. Black Lives Matter means more dead black people.

      It’s always, ALWAYS like this. Why aren’t people learning?

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      1. People like being told a nice story, and mostly don’t have the time or energy to verify the truth of all the nice stories they’ve been told. We’re swamped with stories: new stories constantly washing the old ones from our memory. Will I remember anything about this in three months? No.

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  2. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.” – G.K. Chesterton, 1924

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