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The lasting power of simple virtues

THERE IS THE RIDDLE OF THE Sphinx, and still more mysterious, conservatism. Marxism, socialism, liberalism — and more — are relatively easy to navigate; they boast founding texts, clearly identifiable moments of inception, obvious principles and a canon of priestly philosophers and prolix politicians. Yet when it comes to conservatism, no one, to this day, can readily agree on any of the above.

This is all the more baffling because whereas its ideological rivals have risen and fallen over time, only conservatism has truly endured. The current incumbents of Downing Street and the White House

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