What Constitutes Conservative?

Thomas Atwood ’08 has an interesting take on what truly makes Dartmouth a conservative school in today’s Daily D. Towards the end Atwood posits the following:

In the end, Dartmouth succeeds in undermining our superficial liberal views by supplanting them with fundamental conservative values. And inasmuch as we become invested in tradition and uncritical of the status quo, there will come a time when the rest of the world catches up to our established liberal norm, and we will be the conservative leaders of the future, ever ready to prevent further progress.

His idea of conservatism is intrinsically tied to tradition, and the reluctance to change. For more ideas on tradition I encourage everyone to read Nick Desai’s Editorial in the newest edition of The Dartmouth Review entitled: Two Ways to get Tradition Wrong.