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Samuel Huntington
American political science professor and author

When the foundations of society are threatened, the conservative ideology reminds men of the necessity of some institutions and the desirability of the existing ones.

from his essay "Conservatism as an Ideology", published in American Political Science Review
The impulse to conservatism comes from the social challenge before the theorist, not the intellectual tradition behind him. Men are driven to conservatism by the shock of events, by the horrible feeling that a society or an institution which they have approved of or taken for granted ... may suddenly cease to exist.

from his essay "Conservatism as an Ideology", published in American Political Science Review