Conservative politics is deeply flawed.

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Written by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Just as liberals deserve credit for their commitment to individual freedom, economic security, and a politics of inclusion, conservatives also deserve credit for what they bring to the table.  Their valuable insights include an insistence on the value of tradition, an acknowledgement that much of the good we seek cannot be achieved through government or politics, a healthy suspicion of utopianism and social engineering, and and an understanding of small communities.

Yet conservative politics is deeply flawed.  In practice, it is committed to maintaing existing systems of power without subjecting them to moral critique.  Conservative ideals are often used as a prop to maintain the current unequal distribution of wealth and power, the primacy of the competitive market, and the sanctity of the large corporations.

Rabbi Michael Lerner, The Politics of Meaning, p.127.

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