It is much more fair to say that Oakeshott was skeptical of change, particularly change that comes from the state. To me Oakeshott echoes exactly the sort of skepticism Hume* had about basing regulation of human society on some sort of abstract ideology, notion, intuition, etc. (e.g., justice, equality, etc.) that is supposed to create some sort totalizing awesomeness for everyone. *Whether Oakesott read Hume's political works I cannot say, but it wouldn't surprise me - Hume was still thought of as primarily a political philosopher at the early part of the 20th century.
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Daniel Kuehn is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the Economics Department at American University. He has a master's degree in public policy from George Washington University.