Rep: "When societies conquer others they tend to become too conservative and they crumble." We can parse definitions all day (and probably will), but Rep implies that conservatism causes crumbling societies.
But today, liberalism describes big government intrusion into all manner of extra-Constitutional economic and social issues, and conservatism is (supposed to) describe smaller, less-intrusive government.
Shoud Rep decide to read Hanson's article, he will see that big, intrusive government accompanied the decline of several notable societies. But we can't prove causation, so if Rep will produce examples of societies that crumbles because they left too much self-determination to the individual, I'm ready to learn.