Gerhard Lenski associates conservatism with functionalism, here known as functionalist conservatism, in a dichotomy with radicalism, with the former being authoritarian and the latter egalitarian.1) I am investigating a much more diverse 'ecosystem' with several tendencies of conservatism, which despite often severe differences, in fact rely upon each other as a movement.2) Ideologically, in one way or another, even with capitalist libertarianism, each of these tendencies is, in some way, authoritarian, and this is a defining characteristic of conservatism.3)
Tendencies of conservatism are:
The following image helps to show how David Benfell perceives the tendenciess of conservatism to relate to each other as a sort of complex Venn diagram with ideological overlaps and tendencies toward poles depicted in a larger font size. The regions depicted do not reflect popularity of each set of ideas and are not drawn to scale. Further, these regions only sometimes indicate rivalries and alliances.