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Conservatism is the ultimate opposition to progress.

A reactionary stance to change limits the potential for progress more than a proactive stance. An example (although not the centre of the argument) being drugs: being reactive i.e placing laws and trying to force the problem backwards wouldn't work as well as allowing the use of drugs within reason and with reasonable restrictions as this would eliminate a source of funding for many of the world's gangs and ultimately increase global security. (Again this example shouldn't be the main focus of the argument/idea)

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    Dec 13 2012: I prefer to think of conservatism as being the ultimate don't throw the baby out with the bath water philosophy.

    The old school definition of liberal would align with the founders of this country and modern day conservatives.

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