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The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
In 2010, Bell became director of policy of the American Principles Project, a Washington-based advocacy group. His most recent book, Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality, was named the most important political book” of 1992 by Fred Barnes in The New Republic. Bell and his wife, Rosalie O’Connell, have four children and live in Annandale, Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
Author Jeffrey Bell tells us right off the bat:
The central contention of this book is that social conservatism is not only unlikely to collapse, but that it is becoming increasingly unified and coherent. It is already driving much of the national debate, and its issues are playing a steadily greater role in voters' decisions on whether to vote Republican or Democratic.
Bell believes that Conservatives tend to win elections when they bring Conservative Social issues into their campaigns. I actually disagree with the premise. I think most Americans, at least 70% and maybe even as much as 90%, are guided by a moderate common-sense philosophy that seeks to avoid discussion of social issues in public life. For example, Abraham Lincoln said that he would never consider voting for any candidate on the basis of the candidate's religious affiliation or lack thereof. On the other hand he would also never vote for a scoffer of religion.Read more ›
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Putting political views aside, the book just seems to be very repetitive, coming back to the same points time and time again. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Adam