Conservatives believe all individuals, whether aware of it or not, desire the freedom to pursue their own happiness, and that this is morally good.
Nationalism doesn't require any deep intellectual commitment, only an unquestioning loyalty to the partisan nation-state.
At the heart of the conservative ethic, we believe that the truth supersedes opinion, because of this we must also believe that our ideas and political positions are always subject to scrutiny.
Conservatism ... can be summed up in three basic values, each absolutely necessary to the philosophical framework: individualism, capitalism, and limited government.
Once upon a short while ago, Republicans feigned acceptance of these principles as properly basic, but now it seems they professed these beliefs in vain.
If real conservatism, the kind that would be recognized by Buckley and Reagan, really be worth fighting for, conservatives should fight for it.
In many ways, Feminism now, more than ever, faces the same awful situation that faces American Conservatism.
The philosophical goal many mislabel as "western culture" is, at its most basic, the tireless pursuit of truth.
Even pluralism, a core virtue of American conservatism, has its limits, and a patriot can not, must not, tolerate the intolerable.
If doing the "wrong things" for the "right reasons" was good enough for God, then Easter would be about fruit in a basket not the Lamb on the cross.
The legacies of Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman are simply too precious to sacrifice them for a party of cowards and political charlatans.
For those that don't regularly deal in libertarian circles, the term "statism" is probably unfamiliar and has exactly the sort of eye glazing, niche political philosophy wonk ring that keeps libertarians perpetually at the fringes of the political culture, and they wouldn't be wrong.
Defining what conservatism is should obviously be far more important than trying to list the vast amount of things that conservatism isn't.
Did the Framers truly intend to condemn us to this charade of taxation, regulation, and coercive enforcement of "do as we say or else"?
Why should we care at all about "virtue"? Because people will protest over the political. They will kill over virtue.