Giving conservatism a technical language so that liberals and conservatives can speak intelligently about developing institutions that allow us to cooperate in building an expanding society.
As societies increase in population due to the productive returns from a division of knowledge and labor, they urbanize - the city and market are synonyms. They first rely on religion: the social rules of conformity and punishing by ostracization. Then, because laws are a means of clearly articulating the use of property within markets, laws are enacted to implement punishment for disobeying the rules - "theft". As society increases in complexity, credit develops as a means of controlling behavior of the individual, so that he conforms to the rules of the market and property. When a society is unable to implement the INSTITUTIONS needed for any of these systems of implementing ORDER, (where 'order' means the rules of the market - the collective - and rules of property - the individual) then the society, the city and it's markets collapse. Because people CHEAT or circumvent the market, without punishment. Conservatism is consciousness of scarcity and order in the city-market.