- Paperback: 117 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 30th ed. edition (May 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895265400
- ISBN-13: 978-0895265401
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 302 customer reviews
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"The book lays out, clearly and succinctly, [Goldwater's] uncompromising views. Goldwater held freedom as the highest value in American society: freedom from law, freedom from government, freedom from anybody else's vision but your own. You can argue with him on the particulars, but there's something compelling about his quintessentially American notion of self-reliance."--David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
"The new Conscience of a Conservative takes what might be called the 'anti-fusionist' side in the Goldwater wars...The Conscience of a Conservative continues to be read today because it isn't a political tract, a soulless campaign book of the sort generated by every other modern presidential effort."--Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative
Praise for the original edition: "Goldwater's conservatism is not isolationism, nor is it a cold-blooded commitment to the 'haves' as against the 'have-nots.' It is the creed of a fighter who has both a warm heart and a clear mind."--John Chamberlain, Wall Street Journal
Praise for the original edition: "There is more harsh fact and hard sense in this slight book than will emerge from all of the chatter of this year's session of Congress. . . . Sen. Goldwater is one of a handful of authentic conservatives. . . . [H]e has the clarity of courage and the courage of clarity."--George Morgenstern, Chicago Tribune
"It is good that C.C. Goldwater brings us this new edition. It directs new attention to a political figure who, though fiery, was never mean-spirited or unfairly partisan."--Max J. Skidmore, European Legacy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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.
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This should be required reading for anyone concerned about the forced collectivization of our entire society by the foot soldiers of the welfare state and social justice warriors. THE foundation of the conservative movement is devotion to and confidence in INDIVIDUAL liberty and self government of limited powers.
Other than the obvious second-rate printing and publishing job, the content of the book is great. The essays hold up and give a nice clear guide of what an actual classic conservative political mind set is. It's great for if you need honest reference for a paper or if you just like to read political essays. If you're worried that it'll just be a collection of propaganda-level persuasion on why to be a conservative, I'd relax. While he argues for why he's a conservative, at no point does it feel like you're being recruited. Like I said, it's great reference material, and you'll rarely find a conservative politician respected this much by both parties like Goldwater was.
And Goldwater's Conservatism described in his seminal work on the subject, makes clear his distinction from the wildly misnamed "social conservatives" and the religious right.
In today's political terms, Goldwater might better be described as a social libertarian, and a foreign policy conservative.
He was pro choice, and early advocate of civil rights, etc, but he was a fiscal hawk, and a fierce defender of the Constitution.
It's why even Hillary Clinton described herself as a "Goldwater girl".
Whatever your political stripe, this short, breezy read is worth the hour or two of your time to familiarize yourself with the father of the modern Conservative movement.