Constitutional Conservatism

Constitutional Conservatism

by Peter Berkowitz
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Constitutional Conservatism by Peter Berkowitz

Peter Berkowitz identifies the political principles social conservatives and libertarians share, or should share, and sketches the common ground on which they can and should join forces. Drawing on the writings of Edmund Burke,The Federalist, and the high points of post-World War II American conservatism, he argues that the top political priority for social conservatives and libertarians should be to rally around the principles of liberty embodied in the US Constitution and pursue reform in light of them.

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ISBN-13: 9780817916046
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 02/11/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 133
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he chairs the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law. He was cofounder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, has served as a senior consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. He did not even talk about the limitations on Federal power in the Constitution and seems to think that actions taken contrary to those limitations are okay. I would describe the author as a fiscally conservative democrat who does not really believe in a limited role for the federal government. He differs from democrats only in his support for Christian values. He has a very limited understanding of libertarian principles--limited to the adverse effects of excessive taxation, regulation, and spending. His general conclusions are repeated throughout the book without much support. He thinks the country would be better off if both social conservatives and libertarians agreed with him. I do not think it necessary for members of the Republican party to suppress their differences. I certainly cannot agree with Mr. Berkewitz' view of the proper role of government.