The great Jordan Peterson leads the way again. Yesterday he tweeted his 12 principles of modern-day conservatism. They are a must-read for anyone who calls themselves a conservative. Anyone calling themselves a conservative who takes issue with them needs to take a long hard inward look and stop pretending they are conservative!

1. The fundamental assumptions of Western civilisation are valid.


2. Peaceful social being is preferable to isolation and to war. In consequence, it justly and rightly demands some sacrifice of individual impulse and idiosyncrasy.

3. Hierarchies of competence are desirable and should be promoted.

4. Borders are reasonable. Likewise, limits on immigration are reasonable. Furthermore, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual-rights predicated polities will hold values in keeping with such polities.

5. People should be paid so that they are able and willing to perform socially useful and desirable duties.

6. Citizens have the inalienable right to benefit from the result of their own honest labour.

7. It is more noble to teach young people about responsibilities than about rights.

8. It is better to do what everyone has always done, unless you have some extraordinarily valid reason to do otherwise.

9. Radical change should be viewed with suspicion, particularly in a time of radical change.

10. The government, local and distal, should leave people to their own devices as much as possible.

11. Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.

12. We should judge our political system in comparison with other actual political systems and not with hypothetical utopias.

TCW Editors’ note to Jordan: We only have one criticism. You should have said ‘married’, not ‘intact’. Unmarried is not intact.