On being Progressive or Conservative – and Why it Sucks

On being Progressive or Conservative – and Why it Sucks September 22, 2011
GK Chesterton once noted in 1924 on the growing convergence of all political opinion into merely 2 camps (namely Progressive and Conservative) thus:
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. 
Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types – the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.
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  • Well said GK. But since the 1920s it seems that things have only got worse. Australian politics, for example, now seems to revolve around two camps who are just as conservatively progressive as each other.