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David Stove - Why You Should Be a Conservative

David Stove - Why You Should Be a Conservative

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Copyright©2003byTransactionPublishers,NewBrunswick,NewJersey.AllrightsreservedunderInternationalandPan-AmericanCopyrightConven-tions.Nopartofthisbookmaybereproducedortransmittedinanyformorbyanymeans,electronicormechanical,includingphotocopy,recording,oranyinformationstorageandretrievalsystem,withoutpriorpermissioninwritingfromthepublisher.AllinquiriesshouldbeaddressedtoTransactionPublishers,Rutgers-TheStateUniversity,35BerrueCircle,Piscataway,NewJersey08854-8042.
ThisbookisdedicatedtothevictimsofSeptember11,2001.
Thisbookisprintedonacid-freepaperthatmeetstheAmericanNationalStan-dardforPermanenceofPaperforPrintedLibraryMaterials.LibraryofCongressCatalogNumber:2002073210ISBN:0-7658-0136-1PrintedinCanadaLibraryofCongressCataloging-in-PublicationDataStove,D.
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(DavidCharles)Onenlightenment
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Includesbibliographicalreferencesandindex.ISBN0-7658-0136-1(alk.paper)
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WhyYoushouldbeaConservative
Aprimitivesocietyisbeingdevastatedbyadisease,soyoubringmodemmedicinetobear,andwipeoutthedisease,onlytofindthatbydoingsoyouhavebroughtonapopulationexplosion.Youintro-ducecontraceptiontocontrolpopulation,andfindthatyouhavedismantledawholeculture.Athomeyoulegislatetorelievethedistressofunmarriedmothers,andfindyouhavegivenacashincentivetotheproductionofillegitimatechildren.Youguaranteeaminimumwage,andfindthatyouhaveextinguished,notonlyspecificindustries,butindustryitselfasapersonaltrait.Youenableeveryonetotravel,andoneresultis,thatthereisnowhereleftworthtravellingto.Andsoon.Thisistheoldestandthebestargumentforconservatism:theargumentfromthefactthatouractionsalmostalwayshaveunfore-seenandunwelcomeconsequences.Itisanargumentfromsogreatandsomournfulafundofexperience,thatnothingcanrationallyout-weighit.Yetsomehow,atanyrateinsocietieslikeours,thisargumentneverisgivenitsdueweight.Whenwhatiscalleda"reform"provestobe,yetagain,acureworsethanthedisease,theassumptionis
always
thatwhatisneededisstillmore,andstillmoredrastic,"reform."Whyarepeoplesounhappy?AccordingtoMalthus,themaincausesofhumanmiseryarefamine,war,andpestilence.Surelythisisanamazinglyexternalviewofthematter?
If
itweretme,thenatthismomentmostthirty-year-oldcitizensofNewYork,London,or
Thisessayfirstappearedin1988.
It
hasbeenabridged.Originallyitcontainedthreeparts.ThefirstoftheseappearedinprintduringStove'slifetimeas"TheColumbusArgument."Itisreprintedinthisvolumeunderthesametitle.Halfofparttwoappearedinprint,againduringStove'slifetime,as"RightingsWrongs."
It,
too,isreprintedinthisvolume.Theremainderoftheoriginalessayappearshereintbischapterunderitsoriginaltitle.-Ed.
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