The whole modern world has divided itself into
Conservatives and Progressives. The business
of Progressives is to go on making mistakes.
The business of Conservatives is to prevent
mistakes from being corrected. Even when the
revolutionist might himself repent of his
revolution, the traditionalist is already
defending it as part of his tradition.
Thus we have two great types —
the advanced person who rushes us into ruin,
and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.
[G.K. Chesterton, 1924]
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We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all
mean the same thing.|
With some the word liberty means for each man to
do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor;
others, the same word means for some men to do as they please with
other men, and the product of other men's labor.
Here are two
incompatible things, called by the same name. And it follows that each
[camp judges the other camp's meaning of liberty to be tyranny].|
[Abraham Lincoln, 1864]