- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co; First edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812905822
- ISBN-13: 978-0812905823
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conservative votes, liberal victories: Why the right has failed Hardcover – 1975
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In his 1975 volume "Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories," pundit Pat Buchanan examined this phenomenon of a steadily growing state as time goes on no matter who wins elections. The author worked in the Nixon White House and recalls why government did not shrink and the bureaucracy was not tamed following each of Nixon's election victories.
Much of the blame for government's size today has been the hostility on the part of many toward our capitalist system that has revolutionized living standards and brought untold prosperity in the two and a quarter centuries following its acceptance toward the end of the eighteenth century. Intellectuals in particular dislike free markets, and Buchanan offers his opinion as to why they do, even though, as he rightly asserts about our world, "as a general rule, the less capitalist the country the less prosperous the people."
Buchanan rightly notes that special interests, the media, the bureaucracy, and renegade courts are several of the main reasons why government remains at such suffocating levels, and examines the role of each. The author wrongly thought that the media would never get better.Read more ›