By Roger Scruton.
For too long conservatives have been reluctant to lay claim to their intellectual heritage, while the media, muffled by political correctness, have given little or no space to any way of thinking that would challenge their left-liberal orthodoxies. It is time to change all that. Achievable policies require believable principles, and believable principles depend on clear ideas. Recently a group of thinking conservatives got together with a view to defining those ideas and to encouraging the Conservative Party to subscribe to them and to build them into its policies. In this section of ConservativeHome we will present short statements of 250-500 words, each devoted to some concept vital to the presentation of the conservative worldview. We invite comments from readers that will help us to take the discussion forward. Our goal is to expose the intellectual and moral flaws in the soft left orthodoxies of our day, and to provide strong and believable arguments for the kind of conservatism that could again win an election. We hope to post something every week, and begin this week with my own thoughts on the nature of charity.