Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Conservatism? And Global Warming...

I hate to repost links from MR, but I was interested in this article on global warming. From top to bottom, it interested me, but I mostly was intrigued by the section near the bottom entitled "Conservatism and Global Warming."

Along the lines of my socialism/communism post from earlier, I've become interested in definitions of words, especially words with political origins and connotations. I now call myself a "classical liberal" rather than "libertarian" because I have no desire to be associated with Ron Paul. I like his definition of conservatism, not because I think it captures the essence of what conservatism is, but because I think it's a good way to live. It definitely resonated with me.

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Compared with the totality of knowledge which is continually utilized in the evolution of a dynamic civilization, the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant. ~Fredrich Hayek in The Constitution of Liberty