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A Student's Guide to American Political Thought (ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00LMPBC36
- Publisher : Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st edition (July 29, 2014)
- Publication date : July 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1438 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 94 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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Intercollegiate Studies Institute operates ISI Books, which publishes books on conservative issues and distributes a number of books from other publishers.
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes conservative thought on college campuses.
It lists the following six as its core beliefs: limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, free-market economics, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.
ISI was founded in 1953 by Frank Chodorov with William F. Buckley Jr. as its first president.
The organization sponsors lectures and debates on college campuses, publishes books and journals, provides funding and editorial assistance to a network of conservative and libertarian college newspapers, and finances graduate fellowships.
Focus is largely on the humanities and the foundations of Western culture and its challenge by left-wing progressivism.
Each of twelve sections ends with a reading list of what Professor Carey considers the most important writings on the topic. It is as its title says a, "Student's Guide" introducing critical topics, terms, and concepts and then pointing the way for further reading. Highly recommended if you have interest in the American Political Tradition, the country's founding principles, or perhaps more importantly, to help you to better understand the principles, priorities and motivations of whatever political philosophy challenges your own.
Very good e-book publication quality and a handy format to conveniently cross-check between the booklet, the Constitution, the Declaration or other e-book sources. e-Book publication quality, ★★★★☆
Right from the beginning Carey sets the table: "On what principles is the government based? How is authority allocated within it? What is its primary purpose? Are there limitations to its powers? How can it be altered? On what assumptions about human nature is it based?" Past civilizations were "ordained by the gods" or "given by a mythical lawgiver," but America's Founding was a reasoned struggle, not only at the Convention but over decades of debate and State testing, resulting in the "will of the people," not a god. The Federalist as defense of the proposed Constitution addressed these matters. It is, though, a "nuts and bolts" approach, writes Carey, not an extensive theoretical or philosophical treatise - practical vs. idealistic. And this is where much political thought separates from The Federalist, attempting to redraft its meaning to satisfy "the way things ought to be" regardless of what works. An example follows fifty years after our most lethal war with resulting elevation of the Lincoln era, retroactively recasting the Constitution in light of our Declaration through Lincoln's moving speeches, making rights and equality paramount. For such interpretations, writes Carey "...democracy is primarily government `for the people' not necessarily `by the people'," bearing "a close relationship to those [ideals] that inspired the French Revolution." The Constitution is then judged by how well it lives up to The Declaration. But Carey argues it does live up to central themes expressed there and is a continuation of the same political thought - once again by reference to The Federalist - just not the way revisionists want it to be.
Reading the Constitution cold is likely to leave one under-whelmed, but Carey transforms it. Like lifeless mathematical equations as abstract markings on paper, grasping their meaning and implications converts them to revelation, lifting them from the page to fly. Carey does this for the Founding, through him our Founders nearly live again. But based on our mutilation of their intent they'd probably rather be dead.