In essence, the left needs a conservative account of society in order to create the vibrant civic space through which its goals can be most ably achieved. At the same time, true conservatism needs to recognise crushing economic inequality and its harmful effects on precisely those institutions which conservatives instinctively cherish. This requires dedication to equity and fairness, to distributed wealth and asset ownership, as much as to inherited culture and ethical traditions. Social harmony does not flow from centrally enforced unity, and social justice does not spring unaided from libertarian indifference. If the health of society is the common goal, then society itself must be valued higher than both state and market.
--From Red Tory