- a deep suspicion of the power of the state.
- a preference for liberty over equality.
- a belief in established institutions and hierarchies.
- skepticism about the idea of progress.
By the way, Derbyshire's analysis might interest anyone still debating secularism:
American conservatives have not, historically, been very religious. The great 20th-century conservative presidents were Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan. Neither was an atheist, but neither was much of a church-goer either. Their expressions of religious belief did not venture far beyond the requirements of "ceremonial deism." The more you look at the link between American conservatism and American religiosity, in fact, the more tenuous the link appears.