Pravice a její myšlení

Ohromující vzestup Jean-Marie Le Pena ve francouzských prezidentských volbách odhaluje nejen ochablost francouzské politiky, ale i hlubší krizi, kterou prožívají tradiční evropští demokratičtí konzervativci tváří v tvář stoupající hvězdě xenofobních stran v Nizozemsku, Dánsku, Rakousku, Belgii a Německu. Přední německý konzervativec Jürgen Rüttgers předkládá svou diagnózu.

Konzervatismus po celé Evropě prožívá krizi. Politické strany, jež si říkají konzervativní a jež voliči jako konzervativní vnímají, dále vyhrávají volby a staví se do čela státní moci. Ale artikulovat demokratický konzervatismus jako světonázor, jako koncepční rámec a jako způsob chování (ať už u moci nebo v opozici) - to je den ode dne těžší. Sotvakdo dnes dokáže uspokojivě odpovědět, co to znamená, být konzervativcem.

Jedním z problémů - alespoň pokud jde o volby - je to, že vyhlídky, jež líčí ,,liberální" a ,,progresivní" strany, jsou mnohem atraktivnější a úspěšnější než konzervativcům vlastní skepticismus. Vydavatel a politický komentátor Konrad Adam to vystihl, když pravil, že ,,skepticismus je pocit, nikoli program".

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