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Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back Paperback – February 9, 2010
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“Jonathan Krohn is a force of nature. Defining Conservatism is a real accomplishment, and it will raise many serious questions, the kind any country that takes politics seriously should raise.”
“Limited government and natural rights, not government expansionism, are the surest way to freedom and prosperity. Krohn reminds Americans young and old of these core principles of conservative philosophy.”
Mike Gallagher, nationally syndicated radio host
“Any time I am depressed about the state of our country or the future of the modern conservative movement, I consider two words: Jonathan Krohn. If America’s future leadership includes this smart-as-a-whip phenom, we’re going to be just fine.”
Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
“I am asked all the time about rising young conservatives. Well, here’s one! Jonathan Krohn makes a vigorous defense of our conservative principles.”
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To the contrary,he appeals to every reader regardless of his age.
The battle currently forming is between those that regard principles and values as relative to time and those that consider them to be timeless and eternal.I belong to the latter group and identify myself with conservative thought.It is erroneous to believe that this battle will be confined to the USA alone.The world being as interconnected as it is,the debate will only get sharper if things are not resolved in time.
Buy this book,read it without cynicism and may the force of good reason prevail!
To all those castigating young Jonathan for his supposed departure from conservative thought,it must be remembered that there are people like me who have departed from 'liberal' and 'progressive' viewpoints(mere euphemisms for communism!)
Ultimately,what matters is not where we stand in today's world with all the psychobadgering;what matters is what our defining principles are!
This is not a quick or "easy" read. It is quite thought provoking, and demands time for "mulling over."
I'm still in the "mulling over" phase, but he demands that one think and respond.
I may be ready to respond more later. In the meantime, however, I highly recommend this book - for both liberals and conservatives, alike. We need more thought and less rhetoric in politics.
Krohn's book needs a sequel!
This young man is obviously very intelligent.
Now how about his 2012 reversal?
Here's from Wikipedia:
In 2012, Krohn confirmed to Politico that he no longer considers himself a conservative, and in fact takes a liberal point of view on many issues, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. He also says that if he were old enough to vote in the 2012 presidential election, he would vote for Barack Obama. However, he refused to describe himself as liberal, instead rejecting ideological labels entirely. Krohn attributes his change to reading works of philosophers such as Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, and rejected social conservatism first, before rejecting other conservative viewpoints. Krohn stated that he had matured and described his 13-year-old self as "naive".
"a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn't meaningful. It wasn't me thinking. It was just me saying things I had heard so long from people I thought were interesting and just came to believe for some reason, without really understanding it. I understood it enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it."
Gay marriage? In favor. Obamacare? "It's a good idea." Who would he vote for (if he could) in November? "Probably Barack Obama." His favorite TV shows? "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." His favorite magazine? The New Yorker. And, perhaps telling of all, Krohn is enrolling this fall at a college not exactly known for its conservatism: New York University.
"I think I've just matured overall," he added.
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