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In a Guardian article from this past Friday, Marina Hyde asked the question “What are the Conservatives conserving?” I’ve been reading some of the classic statements of conservatism recently - particularly Edmund Burke - and I think I’ve come to a realization: today’s conservatives are not conservative at all, in...

Michael Oakeshott (1901–1990) was, for a time, considered one of the foremost conservative thinkers of the Twentieth Century. He is little read now, but in any event he would likely have objected to the term “conservative thinker”. For Oakeshott, conservatism was a “disposition” rather than a political theory, still less...

Last night (October 15), Donald Trump took part in a town-hall style Q&A rather than participate in a virtual or online presidential debate. At one point, moderator Savannah Guthrie questioned Trump on his retweet of a conspiracy theory that “[Joe] Biden orchestrated to have Seal Team 6 killed to cover...

As part of my PhD research into the philosophical assumptions in LIS, especially around intellectual freedom, I’ve come to realize that what I initially thought was a left-wing insight - that liberalism is the hegemonic ideology of capitalism - is in fact not denied by many mainstream political theorists. In...

I just read Emily Drabinski’s incisive review of Bundy and Wasserstein’s “Professionalism Reconsidered”, a really useful re-evaluation of the understanding of librarians as professionals (has anything really changed?). Drabinski’s conclusion, that transformation of the underlying social forces and relationships is necessary, is spot on, especially in the context of attacks...