What is the National Economics Editorial?
The National Economics Editorial was founded in 2016 by Editor-in-Chief Spencer P Morrison.
Since then, we have grown into one of America’s largest sources for news and commentary from the perspective of classical conservatives—those who:
like Edmund Burke, see the nation not as an assorted collection of atomized individuals, seeking pleasure at the expense of their fellow man, but as a people inseparably bonded to one another through culture and language, and to the past and future through art and blood…[most] important is the preservation of our nation, be it wilderness or artifice, duty or liberty.
Contrary to what people are taught in school and university, conservatism has very little in common with the neo-conservative Republican party in the United States, nor the classically liberal Conservative parties in the UK or Canada.
This is because conservatism isn’t a universal ideology based on abstract notions, be they freedom, equality, or small government—conservatism looks different depending upon where you look, and when.
Instead, what unites classical conservatives is their respect for time, the arbiter of all things. Time sorts the good ideas from the bad, and therefore, what stands the test of time is likely beneficial (even if it looks redundant or inefficient). History is our guide.
Likewise, conservatism is grounded in Aristotelian particularism and inductive reasoning, as opposed to liberalism’s Platonic universalism and deductive reasoning. All this means is that classical conservatives look at the empirical evidence, and formulate their theories accordingly, while liberals begin with an abstract value (eg. freedom) and conceive their theories around that—conservatism is bottom-up, liberalism is top-down.
For example, both Aristotle and Plato wrote about what the ideal government would look like. Plato began his inquiry, The Republic, with an assertion of values that the state must conform to. From these values he crafted his vision of a utopia—which, of course, was something that had never existed before, nor could likely exist. Many later political philosophers have fallen prey to Platonic idealism, from Rousseau to Marx.
Aristotle, on the other hand, began his Politics with a historical inquiry into what types of states exist, and have existed. He then looked at the characteristics of each type of government, and weighed the merits and drawbacks before arguing that the Polis (city-state) was the best form of government—since it provided men, on average, with the best chance for fulfillment.
In a way, Aristotle is the father of political conservatism, while Plato is the father of political radicalism (of which liberalism is a subset).
Meet Our Writers
Spencer P Morrison
JD student, writer and independent intellectual, with a focus on applied philosophy, empirical history, and practical economics. Classical conservative. Nationalist. Mercantilist.
Author of America Betrayed, The Land of (Rancid) Milk and Honey, and Bobbins, Not Gold—all of which deal, to some degree, with America’s economic collapse, developmental economics, and economic history. He is currently working on a fourth book called The Garden of Hedon: How Civilizations Fall—the topic is self-evident.
You can reach him at [email protected]
Law student, writer, and political commentator. Political views are amorphous yet coherent; governed by the (non)doctrine of pragmatism—a realistic chance of success is infinitely more valuable than ideological purity.
Send me tips by email at: [email protected]
Journalist, trader, classical conservative.
My work focuses primarily on Europe. I don’t do social media, but you can reach me through the editor’s email.
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