[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
People on the left often fail to realize this, but conservatism really does speak to and for people who have lost something. It may be a landed estate or the privileges of white skin, the unquestioned authority of a husband or the untrammeled rights of a factory owner. The loss may be as material as money or as ethereal as a sense of standing. It may be the loss of something that was never legitimately owned in the first place; it may be, when compared with what the conservative retains, small. Even so, it is a loss, and nothing is ever cherished as that which we no longer possess.
Posted by stronzo on 03.11.2012
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