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The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot Hardcover – December 26, 2008
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It stands head and shoulders above the offering that will serve up 'why
this country is in the handbasket' or 'why the liberals are ruining our
country' soundbytes. It is important to understand WHAT the conservative
worldview is, and how it is has evolved. Many people do not understand
what conservative, liberal, communist, socialist and fascist really MEAN.
This clarifies conservativism. It may serve to point out what in the present
day is labelled as conservatism and yet sharply departs from it.
That said this is not light reading. Some material is worthy of several revisits.
I would recommend this to conservative and liberals so they are well rounded.
I particularly enjoyed John C Calhoun on minorities and the Disraeli material.
I re-read chapter three on the John Adams-Hamilton-Jefferson period because
it is so interesting historically and also when viewing present day politics. It
is fascinating to see we are revisiting certain debates and the important well
thought out points that were raised two centuries ago, i.e. Hamilton as a strong
proponent of a central government and the federal government compromise.
Sadly the top notch book that describes the liberal worldview or the intellectual
history of liberalism as well I have not found. Yet.
Unfortunately, a page is missing in my edition and worse yet, there may be others.