This would more or less apply to myself as well. In fact, Croatian conservativism has long had a social component, having developed in predominantly rural 19th century Croatia where cooperation was the key for survival. While accepting of the principles of individual independence and responsibility, Croatian conservativism also demands a high measure of social responsibility – towards one’s own family, people and the country. In Croatia, it is generally the Left who are socially irresponsible – a problem made that much worse by the fact that both major parties (SDP and HDZ) are leftist neocommunist parties deeply rooted into Titoism.
I firmly support the need to emphasizecommon ground, rather than differences when collaborating with individuals of differing ideologies.
So whilst constructive dialogueis important, andI consider parts of conservatismand libertarianism essentialto my own ideology, I am first and foremosta conservative person.
This is not to state that I am incapable of changing my positions on issues over time, but for now I have a firmly rooted, mostly conservativeset of beliefs.
But why is that?
Upon reflection, the primary reason I was drawn to conservatism, was my beliefin being part of a broader collective. Yes, I favour lower taxes, private property rights, some libertarian principles, and am waryof the dangers governmental overreach can pose.
But from a young age, it wasn’t economic growth, or individualism that really graspedmy fascination.
Instead, my passion for preserving our great country emerged, as well as forpromoting the traditional order whichdeveloped modern Australia.
In all my travels…
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