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It’s about hierarchy: who eats and who doesn’t; who speaks and who doesn’t.

Central to politics, as we have come to know it, is conservatism. Conservatism holds that the hierarchical structure of the world is, for want of a better word, good.

Conservatism has two wings. To its right is the reactionary, which holds that the hierarchical structure of the world is not hierarchical enough—in particular, that the proper hierarchy has lately been subverted and must thus be restored. To conservatism’s left is the liberal or ‘centrist,’ which holds that, while the hierarchical structure of the world produces various problems, these can and/or must be remedied incrementally, not changed fundamentally.

The majority of both political practice and political thought, as we have come to know these things, involves admixtures of these three variations on the same theme: the maintenance, intensification, or amelioration of the hierarchical structure of the world.

In other words, the majority of politics is conservative. Movements seeking more fundamental change either win, fail to get started, or are crushed.

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