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[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 4. Conservatism]

Full Idea

Individualist conservatives believe people should be free to do as they please so long as they do not harm others. ...Communal conservatives, by contrast, believe government should affirm moral and religious values.

Gist of Idea

Conservatives are either individualistic, or communal


Michael J. Sandel (Beyond Individualism [1988], p.38)

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael J.: 'Public Philosophy: Essays' [Harvard 2005], p.38

A Reaction

Nozick represents the first group (as does J.S.Mill, usually seen as epitomising liberalism). He says the first group like volunteer armies and oppose welfare; the second group favour conscription and conservative welfare.