"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[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.

[Conservative loss: Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind]

Posted by stronzo on 03.11.2012

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