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A movement conservative is one who supports all or nearly all principles with a coherent philosophy, and who advances broad conservative goals both individually and through teamwork. This is contrasted with cafeteria, or single-issue, or self-serving approaches. Movement conservatives, unlike cafeteria conservatives, understand that since conservative philosophy is a coherent whole, it is untenable to discard part of it without discarding all of it. Movement conservatives favor logic rather than self-centered behavior and therefore reject the teachings of Ayn Rand, who considered selfishness to be logical.

Simply put, a movement conservative is a conservative who seeks to help others, and the nation, by explaining, advocating and defending the logical and beneficial conservative approach. A movement conservative is not primarily seeking political gain for him or herself, but advocates the insights and values of conservatism for the benefit of others.

Movement conservatives include:

Honorable Mention


  • St. Paul, author of the greatest number of letters in the New Testament
  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Irish Statesman Edmund Burke, who served in the British Parliament at the time of the American Revolution
  • U.S. Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina
  • Congressman John Ashbrook
  • Congressman Larry McDonald, M.D., who died on board of the KAL 007 flight when it was shot down by Soviets.
  • Journalist Robert Novak
  • Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell
  • U.S. Senator Robert Taft of Ohio
  • Political theorist Russell Kirk

See also




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