What is it? A political and social philosophy which promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of the culture and civilization.
Goals: To protect/conserve the ideals and traditions of the past
Supporters: The church, landed aristocracy, Edmund Burke, Caryle
Conservatism is a preference for the historically inherited rather than the abstract and ideal.
This preference has traditionally rested on an organic conception of society.
Herbert Spencer's idea
They favour institutions and practices that have evolved gradually and are manifestations of continuity and stability.
Government’s responsibility is to be the servant, not the master
Politicians must therefore resist the temptation to transform society and politics