A Guiding Conception

‘Utopia, like ideology, is bad word today…But an ideal picture of society which may not be wholly achievable, or a guiding conception of the overall order to be aimed at, is nevertheless not only the indispensable precondition of any rational policy, but also the chief contribution that science can make to the solution of the problems of practical policy.’

F. A. Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty, as quoted by Corey Robin in his article The Deep Roots of Conservatism Radicalism, Al Jazeera. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/20111117152046439564.html

‘No past is ideal. But only from the past do ideals arise that are not lymphatic, ideals with blood in their veins.The reactionary does not aspire to turn back, but rather to change direction.The past that he admires is not a goal but an exemplification of his dreams.  It is not a restoration for which the reactionary yearns, but for a new miracle.’

Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Notes.


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