The folly of Progressivism is that it sees the answers to our present problems as lying in the future…but none of us knows the future, so how could we find answers in it?
The wisdom of Conservatism is that it looks to the past, which was by no means perfect, but at least is knowable. Therefore, we can learn from it, repeating the behaviors that brought good consequences and avoiding the behaviors that led to bad ones.
Yes, the past is an imperfect guide to the future (because we can’t know all the past’s causes and effects), but to say that the future is a guide to anything is to spout foolishness. It’s like saying, “I’m going to inform my ignorance with something about which I’m ignorant,” or “I’m going to learn about the future by studying the future.”
When progressives say, “We’re on the right side of history,” they’re assuming that they know how history is going to turn out. In reality, all they’re doing is projecting their present hopes and calling it the future.
Learn from the past and you’ll contribute to a better future. Ignore the past and your future will hardly ever turn out to be what you think it will be.