The Conscience of a Conservativeby Barry M. Goldwater
Pub. Date: 04/03/2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
In 1960, Barry Goldwater set forth his brief manifesto in The Conscience of a Conservative. Written at the height of the Cold War and in the wake of America's greatest experiment with big government, the New Deal, Goldwater's message was not only remarkable, but radical. He argued for the value and importance of conservative principlesfreedom, foremost/i>… See more details below
In 1960, Barry Goldwater set forth his brief manifesto in The Conscience of a Conservative. Written at the height of the Cold War and in the wake of America's greatest experiment with big government, the New Deal, Goldwater's message was not only remarkable, but radical. He argued for the value and importance of conservative principlesfreedom, foremost among themin contemporary political life. Using the principles he espoused in this concise but powerful book, Goldwater fundamentally altered the political landscape of his dayand ours.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Introduction vii
Foreword by George F. Will ix
Chapter 1: The Conscience of a Conservative 1
Chapter 2: The Perils of Power 7
Chapter 3: States' Rights 17
Chapter 4: And Civil Rights 25
Chapter 5: Freedom for the Farmer 33
Chapter 6: Freedom for Labor 39
Chapter 7: Taxes and Spending 53
Chapter 8: The Welfare State 63
Chapter 9: Some Notes on Education 71
Chapter 10: The Soviet Menace 81
Afterword by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 121
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This book is simple and easy to read. It lays out conservative values for everyone.
The afterword of this was wasted on Robert Kennedy jr. who hates conservative values anyway. He goes on to say that Goldwater has been hijacked by the right and religious. I know John Kennedy had respect for Goldwater and vice versa but dot let one of the most partisan hacks in the U.S. who believes in almost total government control Write the afterword in a book that is all about freedom.
I bought two more copies for family members for gifts, I just told them to skip RFK jr.
I didn't know why I ever became a conservative, until I read this book. Fellow conservatives if you want to know why you should continue to believe in our cause, this is the book to read, to memorize, to quote, to carry with you and wave gleefully at the next GOP rally in your town.
The book itself is worthy of 5 stars, because it's easy to read, straight to the point, and has historical value at this point. I, however, am not going to give this version of the book 5 stars, because of the bizarre afterword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He starts the afterword off by talking about Goldwater's relationship with JFK, which is interesting. But the afterword quickly devolves into a harangue against modern conservatives. It's just odd that a polemic against conservatives would be added as an afterword to this book.