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Conservatism and Radical Conservatism
Conservatism and radical conservatism

On a more general level, the dilemma of both old and new conservatism can be put this way: how can we construct the living? Conservatism aims at defending the organic state of the thing, letting it grow. But can you construct anything that is organic? Construction better fits mechanical matters. Ernst Jünger's paradoxical formulation of this dilemma was exactly this: ‘organic construction’. Jünger operates with a distinction between the depth and the surface.1 When we see reality, we see Forms of something more essential – Kraft. The problem of politics is, thus, to give this Kraft a proper form, to let life, the vital force, reach a more ‘authentic’ stage. This is in accordance with Heidegger's view – ...

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