Throughout his years, Edmund Burke generated a prolific library of writings that are foundational to Conservative thinking and kept England on course away from Revolution.
George Santayana had a rich depth of conservative ideas that identified and fought against the materialism of the modern world.
Man is a creature with a dual nature: an individual spirit that longs for a sense of connection to their fellow man. Conservatives celebrate that individual spirit but also seek to nurture a voluntary community built around shared principles, experiences, and a sense of something greater than the individual. The Radical seeks to destroy these communities at every chance they get. When the individual is isolated they are ripe to be exploited by the Radical's siren call of "community" which is nothing more than a despotic state of misery.
In the late 20th century, conservatives in both America and England faced a crisis of leadership and ideas. It seems the radicals are destined to win, but they are always met with challengers that break the very foundations of the radical's ideas.