Drawing from his comprehensive, star-studded course at the Citadel, Mallory Factor, the New York Times bestselling author of Shadowbosses, brings together a fascinating and diverse range of essays from leading figures and activists which explore and illuminate the conservative intellectual tradition in American politics.
Ambitious in its breadth and depth, The Big Tent is a panoramic portrait of the intellectual history of the conservative movement. Some of the leading lights of the right offer an unparalleled introduction to conservative figures and ideas, from the Revolution to William F. Buckley; Barry Goldwater to the Reagan Revolution; Libertarianism to the War on Terror.
Insightful and stimulating, The Big Tent is an outstanding survey of the movement over three centuries.
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About the Author
Mallory Factor is the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, and is a Fox News contributor. Mallory is the host and cofounder of the New York Meeting, a nation- ally recognized gathering of elected officials, journalists, business leaders, and conservative authors in New York City, and the Charleston Meeting in South Carolina. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.
Elizabeth Factor is a lawyer and coauthor of Shadowbosses. She graduated from Columbia University and Yale Law School.
Table of Contents
Foreword Edwin J. Feulner Jr., Heritage Foundation Founder xi
Preface General John Rosa, President of The Citadel xxvii
Introduction Mallory Factor xxix
Chatter 1 The Pillars of Conservatism Publisher Alfred S. Regnery 3
Chapter 2 Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism Political Historian David A. Norcross 29
Chapter 3 The American Revolution and "What It Means: by Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich 49
Chapter 4 The Fragility of Ordered Liberty: Tocqueville and Conservative Conceptions of Liberty, Equality, and Community: by Political Commentator Michael Barone 77
Chapter 5 New Deal Progressivism, the Jeffersonian Revival, and the Agrarian Tradition: by American Historian Burton W. Folsom Jr. 103
Chapter 6 The Emergence of Libertarianism: by Economist Yawn Brook 125
Chapter 7 William F. Buckley Jr., Fusionism, and the Three-Legged Stool of Conservatism: by Political Journalist David A. Keene 149
Chapter 8 Cultural Conservatism and the Religious Right: by Political Activist Phyllis Schlafly 171
Chapter 9 The Reagan Revolution: by Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese 193
Chapter 10 The Cold War, Anti-Communism, and Neoconservatism: by Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith 218
Chapter 11 Everything You Wanted to Know About Economic Policy: by Cato Institute Economist Daniel J. Mitchell 245
Chapter 12 The Bush Doctrine, Compassionate Conservatism, and the War on Terror: by Former Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld 285
Chapter 13 How Social Conservatism Can Win: by Political Strategist Ralph E. Reed Jr. 305
Chapter 14 Why National Security Drives Our Future: by Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey 331
Chapter 15 Toward a More Libertarian Conservatism: by Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 347
Afterword Haley Barbour, Former Governor of Mississippi 361
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