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Rationally Right: An Explanation of the Conservative Paradigm Paperback – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931646538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931646536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,720,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Meyer has had a lifelong interest in conservative politics. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was employed by the same company in different aspects of production for over 21 years. The company's products were well insulated from global competition owing to the company's trade secrets, limited market, and unique technologies. This unique market position allowed the company to encourage their employees to spend time studying and training in new manufacturing ideas, technologies, and systems. Mr. Meyer found some of these ideas applicable to politics, and wrote "Rationally Right" in an effort to utilize these concepts to help explain his political paradigm.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Andrade on May 4, 2003
Stephen Meyer has written a gem. As a long time conservative, one experienced with college debate, column writing, and politicking I didn't think that I would get a lot out of this book. Nor is the book targeted to people like me; Rationally Right is for young people who are looking for a political philosophy, or people who have a hard time understanding the liberal versus conservative media blitz. However, this book is more broad sweeping than that.
In Rationally Right we find both the conservative and liberal political paradigms presented in the simplest possible terms. Like any good engineer Meyer understands the beauty of parsimony. Though this book is trying to persuade people towards conservatism, everyone should read it. Nowhere else can you get a better description of conservatism.
In this book we learn why conservatives are against nationalized healthcare, against gun control, taxes, and state dependency. Meyer uses lots of personal anecdotes as well as solid real world examples that support the conservative viewpoint. At times Meyer can be too simplistic, and some things are rushed over. However, this isn't a book of deep political philosophy like Robert Nozick's "Anarchy, State, and Utopia" or John Rawls' "Theory of Justice as Fairness", this book is for those just starting up, or for old warhorses that have lost sight of the big picture.
This book is for everyone interested in politics today. At times it's enlightening, and most definitely fresh, Meyer has written a beauty. And the guy's from Minnesota, so you know he's nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Newman on October 13, 2004
This book is great for understanding what conservatism is all about. It goes through many, many issues (just over 20), and it explains what the conservative side of that issue. Stephen Meyer does not fill this book with arguments, but rather explination, so it is easy to read, and is pretty short, so it doesn't take very much time to read it.

This book is perfect for anyone who has not been exposed to the conservative message, and actually cares to understand the right (get it, right) side of the issue.
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