In Times of Rapid Change Do Conservatives Necessarily Go Nuts and Cease to be Conservatives?

I simply cannot understand how the conservatives I grew up with, who were pragmatic, un-dogmatic and open to reasoned argument, have been replaced by the Conservative barking mad Brexiters, and at one remove in the US, the Trump supporters and all. I can’t actually call any of them conservatives because they are rampant destroyers of the tested status quo, not to mention the planet.

But when you look at Northern Ireland, the ultra conservative reactionary DUP there, they are heart set on ensuring a united Ireland by supporting Brexit and not allowing the one thing that might make Northern Ireland prosperous and thus preserve the status quo: a special status for it within the EU but also within the UK…

The Catholics will be the majority in Northern Ireland by 2030ish and then all the retrograde Unionist nonsense will likely be consigned to the dust bin of history with or without more violence. 75% of Conservatives in the rest of the UK already don’t give a toss for the union with Northern Ireland or maintaining peace there, such is their Brexit madness…

I guess in times of rapid change conservatives go nuts? They don’t embrace reform to avoid more extreme change but seek to turn the clock back to a non existent past.

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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