The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life in the early modern period.
The Conservative Party's Senate candidate for Western Australia, Jonathan Crabtree looks at the Renaissance we desperately need today:
"Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence was felt in literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual inquiry.
It led to the resurgence of learning based on classical sources, widespread educational reform, contributed to the development of the customs and conventions of diplomacy, and increased reliance on observation and inductive reasoning in science.
The word Renaissance literally means "Rebirth", and the events of that period ultimately led to advances that changed the way people understood and interpreted the world around them.
Australian politics in 2019 is in desperate need of a Conservative Renaissance. Politicians need to learn and take note of the classic sources. They need to respect our history, and not forget (or perhaps even learn) the lessons of our past.
Australian politics has become unhinged, no longer concerned with conserving our Western values and customs, or scientific reality based on observation that is free of political or financial bias.
We need a Conservative Renaissance to rediscover our values and traditions, and take personal responsibility for stimulating a cultural movement that will preserve our nation for the generations to come".
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