Conservatism in this context is sometimes called classical conservatism. It honours the guidance for human affairs to be found in custom, convention, and tradition. It honours the vital Judeo-Christian contribution to Western civilisation. It honours freedom of thought and expression. It honours one’s country over profit-driven globalism which moves industries to countries where labour is cheap. It honours the traditional family, comprising male and female, as having been proven to be the cornerstone of stable societies over six thousand years of recorded history. This Cato holds firmly to the view that a woman is a gorgeous human being born with two XX chromosomes. When conservatism is mentioned on this website, it has no connection with the British Conservative Party.
Editor and contributor: James Kenneth Bowen CV
The image depicts the famous Roman conservative statesman and soldier Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 BC). Cato was born into the plebian or general citizenry class as distinct from the patrician or upper class of Rome. He fought as a military tribune in the Punic (Carthaginian) Wars and later rose to the highest rank of Consul in Republican Rome's government.
Cato's conservatism was reflected in his defence of ancient Roman customs, his opposition to public immorality, criticism of ostentatious public display of wealth, his opposition to waste of public monies, and his concern that multiculturalism would weaken Rome's cohesion and ability to withstand external attack. His prediction that multiculturalism was a grave threat to Rome came true, but after the elapse of five centuries of Roman dominance of the known world.
His constant battle against corruption in the government of Rome brought him many enemies. He was deeply learned, a famous orator, and wrote the first history of Rome with the title Origines, but only fragments have survived.