Whomever said it is a moron. It's illogical to define conservatives in terms of the status quo
Not really, this is basic political nomenclature, reactionaries want to return to the past, conservatives want to maintain the status quo and progressives want to make changes to the status quo. That is basic political thought,
When the soviet union was breaking up conservatives wanted to maintain the union, progressives wanted disunion and the reactionaries wanted to return to a more authoritarian past.
After the 1917 revolution the reactionaries were the Whites, the progressives were deviationist which could have been either left or right depending on the direction of their change.
BBTAIM, that was a poorly prepared piece of crap if the WT is accurate in its reporting.