February 27, 2011

Advice for conservatives from...Tolkien?

If you are conservative and you've read the likes of Hayek, Friedman and Paine, you probably think there aren't many other writings from which to draw ideas or inspiration. You'd be wrong. Here's some practical advice for conservatives anyone from Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. True, it's not Adam Smith on the Invisible Hand, but it still resonates.

"Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again."

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

~Gandalf and Frodo
The Lord of the Rings ( 'The Shadow of the Past')
There's some truth. We live in interesting times. We can sit and bemoan our misfortune or we can try to play an active role in shaping the future. It seems to me that to do the former is simply wasting the opportunity we've been given.


  1. Wise words from a wise man. All of Tolkien's works have a wonderful message if one chooses to look for it.

  2. Very true Joe.

    Thanks for the continued comments! I feel much less web-lonely lately.


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