Classical Conservatism

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"It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty."

Classical Conservatism, also called Traditionalist Conservatism, is a type of conservative that focuses on traditions stemming from before the Enlightenment.

ClassCons emphasize the need for the principles of a transcendent moral order, the bonds of social order, and the defense of ancestral institutions over what they consider as excessive individualism.

They also place a strong emphasis on authority and tradition among other things. Civically speaking, the ideology can vary between moderately authoritarian (most ClassCons) to somewhat libertarian (Burke, for example).

Despite being culturally right, they are generally neither nationalist (with the exception of the modern day) nor reactionary (although the latter is debatable).


Classical Conservatism, or rather Toryism can be said to originate in late 17th-century England, in which there was a dispute over the right of the Catholic James, brother of King Charles II, to succeed the throne. Those who supported James were known as Tories, and their ideology Toryism. Tories were generally staunch monarchists and Anglicans, and favoured agrarianism over industrialism, in addition to being opposed to radical reform such as that advocated for by Foxites.


American Whig Party

The Whig Party in the United States first emerged in the 1830s in opposition to Andrew Jackson's Democratic Party. The name Whig was intentionally chosen as being in opposition to monarchy. In the same way that the British Whigs opposed absolute monarchy, the American Whigs opposed "King Andrew" and his policies. Unlike the British Whigs whose main ideology is Classical Liberalism, the American Whigs were much more conservative. They supported an economic system put forward by Henry Clay known as the "American System" which favored protective tariffs, a strong national bank, and federal subsidies for infrastructure. The Whig Party was also critical of Manifest Destiny and criticized the presidential power of Jackson and Polk, preferring Congress to be the dominant lawmaker. Democrats glorified individualism while Whigs said it was a dangerous impulse that must be subordinated to the greater good of an organic society; they called for individuals to restrain themselves and focus on doing their duty.

The Whig Party struggled to gain power through the presidency. In 1836 they ran four different presidential candidates against Martin Van Buren, which backfired against them and allowed Van Buren to achieve a comfortable victory. By 1840 Van Buren had become unpopular due to the Panic of 1837 and William Henry Harrison was able to defeat Van Buren in the Election of 1840. Harrison died just one month into his presidency and John Tyler, who was only nominally a Whig, took over as the next president. Tyler was eventually expelled from the Whig Party for disagreeing with much of the Whigs' economic policy, including a veto on Clay's bill to establish a national bank.

The Whigs were able to win back the White House in 1848 with Zachary Taylor, however, he died one year into his presidency leaving Millard Fillmore in charge. Fillmore is often described as being the closest the Whigs got to a full presidency. During Fillmore's presidency, the Compromise of 1850 was passed which meant Fillmore had to enforce the deeply unpopular Fugitive Slave Act. This divided the Whig Party between pro-compromise and anti-compromise factions which they were never able to recover.

After 1852 the Whig Party was never able to obtain real power again and was eventually replaced by the pro-abolitionist Republican Party with many Republicans such as Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford Hayes, Chester Arthur, and Benjamin Harrison all being former Whigs.


François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (4 September 1768 – 4 July 1848) was a French writer, politician, diplomat and historian who influenced French literature of the nineteenth century. Descended from an old aristocratic family from Brittany, Chateaubriand was a royalist by political disposition. In an age when large numbers of intellectuals turned against the Church, he authored the Génie du christianisme in defense of the Catholic faith.

Traditionalist Conservatism

Traditionalist Conservatism is like modern conservatism in many ways, such as acceptance of a basic welfare state and support for free market policies and nationhood. However they tend to have more radical views on social issues, such as LGBT and women's rights, being seen as the radical wing of modern conservative parties occupying similar roles to Addington did to Pitt. Traditionalist Conservatives are nearly entirely extremely religious, more often than not the dominant religion of their home country, and are strongly against moderation and acceptance of social consensuses such as the gay rights (which are now, in Europe, considered centrist) and abortion (similar, in Europe alone) historically they would've opposed women's suffrage too but they have accepted that that is going to stay. If they are active within a monarchy they can be strong defenders of the monarchy as well as being able to work with Paternalistic Conservatism and Conservative Liberalism in order to advance their own goals of tradition, morality and faith.

Personality and Behaviour

  • Has a very posh British accent (most likely Received Pronunciation).
  • Stereotypical "proper person".
  • Uses vintage sophisticated vernacular, such as: "bogus," "to be frank," and "poppycock".
  • "Why don't you go and make me a sammich?"
  • Fetishizes Romanticist art and bashes everything that's modern.
  • May act like Pops from Regular Show.

How to Draw

Plain design

  1. Draw a ball
  2. Fill it in with navy blue
  3. Draw a black or dark grey top hat on the ball
  4. Add the eyes
  5. Give the ball a golden monocle over its right eye

You are finished!

Color Name HEX RGB
Navy Blue #00309A 0, 48, 154
Black #141414 20, 20, 20
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255

Traditionalist design

Flag of Traditionalist Conservatism
  1. Draw a ball
  2. Color it light blue
  3. Draw a white hourglass in the middle
  4. Draw the two eyes
  5. Add a top hat and golden monocle on the ball
  6. (Optional) Draw the ball holding a cup of tea

You are done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Light Blue #0183BE 1, 131, 190
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255



  • Constitutional Monarchism - For King/Queen and Country!
  • Traditionalism - Fellow T R A D I T I O NTM connoisseur.
  • Imperialism - Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves! Britons never, never, never shall be slaves!
  • Counter-Enlightenment - Cheers! Just don't do anything barbaric, we are supposed to be gentlemen, after all.
  • Mercantilism - I say, would you care for some tea, good sir?
  • Christian Theocracy - Religion is the only thing separating us from animals, and by Jove, we must defend our established church.
  • Paleoconservatism - My Yankee grandson who defends traditional values; does not critique the enlightenment enough, unfortunately.
  • Agrarianism - But of course, a return to a simple, traditional life.
  • Conservatism - I am willing to admit that you do not go far enough, but I am proud of you nevertheless, ol' chap!
  • Conservative Liberalism - My liberal child whom I hold in high regard! Maintains most of my values whilst being a reformer.
  • Paternalistic Conservatism - Disraeli was a splendid Prime Minister, indeed!
  • One-Nation Conservatism - Same as previously.
  • Bojoism - Splendid chap of mine. I thank you for delivering us Britons Brexit and for placing me at the helm of the House of Commons. You are too moderate.
  • Eco-Conservatism - Splendid! We must protect our environment to preserve our culture, We both like Roger Scruton!
  • Distributism - Defends me greatly, as we both desire a traditional lifestyle.
  • Communitarianism - Jolly good show! Strong communities make strong societies.
  • Optimateism - Defender of the Roman Republic's customs and rule of law. But did you really have to shank Caesar? That's a bit rude, innit?
  • Patriarchy - Very fine chap! Just how society should be run!
  • Carlism - My more religious Spaniard counterpart.
  • Feuillantism - Most respectable French Revolutionary ideology.
  • Stratocracy - When done by me this is splendid, but any others who practice this are heathens!


  • Absolute Monarchism - The Ancien Régime of France was superior to any of the revolutionary governments, yet it paved the road for the Revolution in the first place through persistent attempts of centralization as well as meddling in the American rebellion. Besides, Britain itself was nearly ruined in the past by absolutist tendencies.
  • National Liberalism - Kippers are "based" as the young fellows say nowadays, but the rest of them are too nationalist and not traditionalist enough, to my dismay.
  • Reactionary Liberalism - Another tolerable liberal, if I may say so myself, but like those other reactionary blokes, he may tread too far culturally. Rees-Mogg is very splendid however.
  • Reactionaryism - You are quite extreme, simmer down and grab a spot of tea.
  • Capitalism - You cause severe issues when unregulated, still preferable to socialism but I myself prefer traditional systems of economics.
  • Conservative Socialism - Socialism? I beg your pardon.
  • Reactionary Socialism - I like Disraeli too but you are quite insane.
  • National Conservatism - Marvelous, but if you will, please simmer down with the nationalism; Enoch Powell was quite a martyr if I do say so myself.
  • Right-Wing Populism - Good Lord, they are annoying... but I do say they have the right ideas.
  • Liberal Conservatism - Low Tory rubbish, but I have hope that they will prove me wrong.
  • Alt-Lite - Young fellows valuing tradition is most splendid but please do go outside.
  • Ricardian Socialism - Percy Ravenstone was a delightful fellow; however, I must say you are far too well-acquainted with this preposterous notion of "egalitarianism."
  • Islamic Theocracy - I wish that you did not migrate en masse to my country, but Hamza Yusuf is a good chap of mine.
  • Braunism - Speak English, please.


  • Enlightenment Thought - Bugger off, you have brought degeneracy to our blessed land!
  • Classical Liberalism - Started this degeneracy.
  • Liberalism - Bloody hell, what an utter buffoon!
  • Radicalism - Sort yourself out, young man! This is NOT how society shall be run!
  • Civic Nationalism - Revolutions of 1848, NEVER FORGET! You nationalist scums opposed our glorious conservative monarchies!
  • Progressivism - Good Lord! That is rather disgusting!
  • Revolutionary Progressivism - Good heavens! Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?!
  • Feminism - Sod off and get back in the kitchen. Make some pudding, would you?
  • Anarchism - Claims to "support anarchism but not anarchy", but I'm not buying that rubbish. You are but a naughty girl who will get spanked!
  • Queer Anarchism - Language, young lady, or man, or... whatever the bloody hell you are!
  • Homoconservatism - Why, this is completely nonsensical!
  • Hydrarchy - Absolutely vile! You and your band of thieves will never rule the waves! you used to be excellent privateers
  • Jacobinism - The Fr*nch Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the Western world!
  • Socialism - Are you taking the piss out of me?
  • Marxism–Leninism - The destroyer of all tradition!
  • Frankfurt School - No, you degenerate Cultural Marxist, the enlightenment did not lead to "totalitarianism", or whatever ideology that you so happen to speak of. It leads to the formation of degenerates like you. Speak for yourself, you hypocrite! You have just started a second enlightenment with your despicable ideas.
  • Nazism - You sir, are not a conservative, and you will never be as dominant in the world as I had been, so keep on dreaming, you cock-up!! Also how dare you bomb my great nation you barbaric Hun!
  • Jihadism - It would be very wise of you to leave my country, you barbarians!
  • Gamers - Right! Stop playing those motion picture games and browsing the interwebs at once! They will rot your brains! What? Victoria? I should give that a try perhaps...
  • Corbynism - Silence! I will put soap in your mouth for your utterly disgraceful speeches!

Further Information







  1. Liberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett, 2nd edition, page 80
  2. "I am a Bourbonist out of honour, a monarchist out of reason, and a republican out of taste and temperament"