The Devil’s Dictionary On Politics

CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

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3 Responses

  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Were that definition still apposite, the Reagan Administration would have been one of the great defenders of the welfare state. And the Obama Administration would be seen as conservative in most respects, possibly aside from health care. Some dictionaries don’t age so well.

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

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  3. A.J. Sutter says:

    Shag, that is a rather arcane joke that may go over the heads of people not yet of a certain age (or perhaps the benêt, as the French might say). The original hero is more up Gerard’s alley.