The Conservative Perspective on Revolution and Reform Analytical Essay by Leo Martin

The Conservative Perspective on Revolution and Reform
This paper asks how conservatives view revolutionary thought and looks at the differences between 'revolution' and 'reform'?
# 49339 | 1,800 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This essay uses the classical conservative text of Edmund Burke, "Reflections on the Revolution in France", and Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Agent" to give a clear perspective on the development of modern conservative views on reformations within a political system and revolutions whose aim is the overthrow of a regime.

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"Both revolution and reform lead to a change in existing political circumstances for a given country, and both come about as a result of the emergence of a new politico-ideological culture. The difference between them, therefore, should be sought in the organizational methods used to produce change. This essay draws on Conrad's "The Secret Agent" to explain the ideological establishment of revolutionary thought, and compares it to Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France" to make clear why conservatives would prefer a reformation of current political structures to a revolution."

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