What is Rational Conservatism?

I’ve long advocated a type of conservatism that I’ve not found to be nearly prevalent enough in society.   I believe that Humans are both rational and emotional beings. I find no contradiction in this either.  Indeed, it is the blending of the two that gives humanity its depth and its capacity for sustainable growth.   By growth, I mean economically, personally, societally, spiritually and in other ways that are not coming to mind.

Pure reason is insufficient, and so is pure emotion.   To be ruled by either is folly.

Rational Conservatism is to allow oneself to be informed by both, and to do so uncapriciously.   The dispassionate consideration of values, reason, emotion and the impact of each before coming to a conclusion is the essence of Rational Conservatism.

This is not intended to become a dry collection of academic writings that no one wants to read.   Instead it should serve as a window into not only the conservative mind, but the conservative soul.   (Yes, conservatives have souls)

My background is in Literature, Linguistics and Marketing.   I will be joined by others with backgrounds in Engineering, Law, Finance, International Relations, Military, and others.   By drawing or each others’ expertise, the breadth of ideas will hopefully be sufficient to offer a cross-sectional perspective representing rational conservatives from all walks of life.

Discussion is welcome.   Pointing out flaws in arguments and assertions is not only expected, but desired.   What is not desired is irrationality.   Ad hominem attacks will not get posted. (at least not without redaction.)   Yes, this is censorship, but we could just as easily call it civility maintenance.  If anyone wants to be uncivil, the rest of the internet is wide open to you, just not this site.

Thank you for reading,

Jeff Bailey

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