The Value Game Revisited

  • Paul Edward Gottfried


One should not cynically dismiss all value conservatism as an accommodation of political fashions; nonetheless, this seems to be the path that most enthusiasts of that persuasion have taken. Not every proponent of value conservatism, however, has been deceitful or manipulative. For example, social theorist Robert A. Nisbet, whose The Sociological Tradition revived the thought of European counterrevolutionaries and whose later writings inveighed against the “sovereignty of the state,” including its liberal democratic form, appealed to “conservative values” on at least one occasion. Whether this term is one that Nisbet would have preferred to apply in his defense of traditional moral beliefs is open to question, but the fact remains that he did use it in his now famous essay “Moral Values and Community” in 1966.1


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