In the United States, the founders, whose classical liberalism constitutes the core of modern conservatism…
Does classical liberalism constitute the core of modern conservatism? Perhaps. But to the extent that is true, that is part of the problem. American conservatism has always embraced elements of classical liberalism, but liberalism, classical or otherwise, can not preserve a society. Conservatism preserves a society. Authentic, as opposed to modern, conservatism can not be equal to classical liberalism even though you frequently hear and read that assertion. By definition, conservatism can not be just or mostly classical liberalism or it becomes plain old liberalism.
Also, is it true that the Founders were classical liberals as Primeau asserts?
This topic really needs discussion on the right. Few question the conservatism = classical liberalism assertion. Please discuss.