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It is worth noting that as far as contemporary American politics are concerned, classical conservatism must be judged as having fallen upon particularly hard times.
They wish to write this classical conservatism into the very fabric of the Constitution, assuring that, if the concentration of wealth does lead to diminished purchasing power and growing unemployment (as it inevitably will), government must sit idly by.
That's not only because the Republican Party falls so far short of being conservative in any serious sense but also because classical conservatism has always been deeply interested in the realms of human experience that our national politics distorts or ignores: those of international affairs and local quality of life.

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