Is ‘Conservative Revolution’ An Oxymoron?

Himmelfarb, Gertrude. "Is 'Conservative Revolution' An Oxymoron?." The Weekly Standard, December 18, 1995.


Budget reform, welfare reform, Medicare reform — this formidable combination of reforms has been proudly heralded by a new breed of conservatives as a “conservative revolution.” Yet an old-fashioned conservative may find that label disquieting. Surely it is a contradiction in terms. Surely conservatives are meant to conserve, not to revolt — to conserve by a series of prudent, gradual, incremental accommodations to reality, not by any radical, precipitous change.


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