October 13th, 2018 9:31 AM
CONSERVATISM UNDERSTOOD AS EMPIRICISM: QUOTE AND COUNTER EXPLANATION
—“Edmund Burke was an English politician who wrote his Reflections on the Revolution in France to express his disdain for the destructive havoc wrought by the French Revolution. As a traditionalist-conservative, he thinks about social change in a cautious and incremental way and characterizes the social contract as binding on those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. Studying the anti-Enlightenment differs from the study of the Enlightenment because traditional conservatives of the Burkean school reject the idea of formulating a theory upon which to base society. Their views can be more accurately characterized as attitudes or dispositions. Social change is possible, but it must reflect the thinking of “the man on the Clapham omnibus.” Thinkers like Burke and Devlin place individuals as subordinate to society and its traditions.”—
This is a misrepresentation – individuals are not ‘subordinate’ to society and its traditions. It’s that man in every era overestimates his ability and insight (dunning-kruger), so the use of intergenerational contract property and exchange limits intertemporal action to the empirical just as contract and property do in the temporal, and prices and property and exchange do in the immediate.
British (Anglo Saxons) are empiricists. They have been empiricists for a very long time. Burkean Conservatism (“Conservatism”) is merely the application of EMPIRICISM to all affairs, using time, property, contract, and markets to limit the hubris of the well intentioned, and the evil of the ill intentioned.
ALL DOMINANT MALES ARE NATURALLY BURKEAN (CONSERVATIVE): EMPIRICAL.