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With a New Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan.
Here is the path-breaking book that rocketed a political philosophy into the forefront of the nation's consciousness, written in words whose vigor and relevance have not tarnished with age:
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not pass laws, but to repeal them. it is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall replay that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am dong the very best I can.
Anyone who thinks they know what conservatives believe needs to read this book.
Great book to read for anyone interested in the history of practical American political thought: short, articulate, with more and more resonance as the years go by.
It is against this backdrop that we must consider Barry Goldwater's seminal treatise The Conscience of a Conservative.
He was not understood by the. Majority of his countrymen and most of his contemporaries, I believe he was responsible for the Reagan RevolutionPublished 3 days ago by Fernando Gatell
I had the opportunity to attend The Jennifer Byler Institute in Virginia, which is a 9 month class (held in Richmond once a month and sponsored by The Republican Party of VA) that... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pastor Cathy
I'll give it a 4, not because I am a conservative, but because of what Goldwater said about right wing Christians who were intolerant of him. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Guiseppe Gramanzini, Jr.
Goldwater wrote this some years ago. It accurately discusses what conservatism really means. Although Democrats have smeared his good name, Goldwater was right then. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arkie34
i grew up during his campaign and my parents were both democrats.
this guy was Reagan before Reagan....he would have been a phenomenal leader for this country. Read more
As always Barry is at his outspoken best. I don't always agree with him but I can always believe in his honesty unlike many politicians.Published 1 month ago by James M. Hammond
It's fun to read this book knowing how "so called" conservative Goldwater was and yet today a lot of his feelings are quite liberalPublished 2 months ago by Gary
Required reading for any conservative. Boy, do we need somebody like Goldwater today. Buy it, read it, live it. Now.Published 2 months ago by Soldier of God
My first vote was in 1964 (had to be 21). Look what we got--Socialism and the "Great Society". Paid trillions in welfare and we have more on that demeaning system than ever... Read morePublished 3 months ago by michael wilson