…F. A. Hayek famously argued, conservatism is more a cast of mind than a set of principles. It opportunistically grabs any available principles to justify the sort of social order it likes, with the people it likes governing their social inferiors. Since Malthus, many conservatives have appropriated free market, limited government principles from libertarians and classical liberals. But what they mean by limiting “government” in favor of “markets” and the “private sector” is limiting the power of liberal democratic governments—whether states, labor unions, or workers’ councils—to impose limits on the power of private authoritarian governments such as the firm, the patriarchal family, and the church.
My emphasis added.