Just what is it conserving?
Well, at heart Conservatism is historical empiricism. In other words, we conservatives look to what worked in the past and apply those solutions to current problems. We conserve what has been historically shown to work. So history is a very important guide.
Leftism, OTOH, assumes that all that happened in the past was sullied by some kind of “-ism” (such as racism or sexism) and is to be eradicated and avoided. It is simply useless as a guide to our problems. It is the cult of “new.”
ALL is mere preference and a drive for power (post-Modernism)–there IS no Truth (*except that one), only a Nietzschean will to power. We are much smarter and therefore must start anew, jettison the old, and become “new men.” And WE will assure “Heaven on earth” for everyone! “And surely we will do it, therefore…”
As with almost all things Leftist, this was clearly seen by JRR Tolkien”
“Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!”
Yeah, he understood Leftism…
Leftism is also fundamentally narcissistic, assuming that we know better and are way smarter than those “-ist” clods of the past. We can’t learn from them because WE just know far better.