David Frum

Edmund Burke, Faux-Conservative?

06.04.12 8:25 PM ET

This is too funny.

From time to time, the people at NewsBusters (a project of the Media Research Center) scold me as a false conservative who has no business using a trademark that they apparently believe themselves to own.

It happened again today, but this time with a refreshing twist.

Tim Graham today:

David Frum is not a conservative. Look no further than his latest CNN opinion piece, “Bloomberg’s Visionary Plan Against Obesity.” Would a conservative write something like this?

Human beings are not reasoning machines. We are animals who have inherited certain propensities not always well-adapted to modern urban life. We evolved in conditions of food scarcity. Our bodies have adapted to store food energy against famine; our subrational minds crave sweetness. The sugary beverage industry has invested massively to understand better how to use our very human natures against us.

Good question, Tim!

And with the answer, may I introduce … Edmund Burke?

We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would be better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations, and of ages…