Letters to a Young Conservative

Letters to a Young Conservative

by Dinesh D'Souza


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Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza rose to national prominence as one of the founders of the Dartmouth Review, a leading voice in the rebirth of conservative politics on college campuses in the 1980s.He fired the first popular shot against political correctness with his best-selling exposé Illiberal Education. Now, after serving as a Reagan White House staffer, the managing editor of Policy Review, and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution, he addresses the next generation in Letters to a Young Conservative. Drawing on his own colorful experiences, both within the conservative world and while skirmishing with the left, D'Souza aims to enlighten and inspire young conservatives and give them weapons for the intellectual battles that they face in high school, college, and everyday life. Letters to a Young Conservative also illuminates the enduring themes that for D'Souza anchor the conservative position: not "family values" or patriotism, but a philosophy based on natural rights and a belief in universal moral truths.With a light touch, D'Souza shows that conservatism needn't be stodgy or defensive, even though it is based on preserving the status quo. To the contrary, when a conservative has to expose basic liberal assumptions to scrutiny, he or she must become a kind of imaginative, fun-loving, forward-looking guerrilla--philosophically conservative but temperamentally radical.Among the topics Dinesh D'Souza covers in Letters to a Young Conservative: Fighting Political CorrectnessAuthentic vs. Bogus MulticulturalismWhy Government Is the ProblemWhen the Rich Get RicherHow Affirmative Action Hurts BlacksThe Feminist MistakeAll the News That FitsHow to Harpoon a LiberalThe Self-Esteem HoaxA Republican Realignment?Why Conservatives Should Be Cheerful

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465017348
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/11/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 252,252
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Dinesh D'Souza, the Rishwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, served as senior domestic policy analyst in the White House in 1987-88. He is the best-selling author of Illiberal Education, The End of Racism, Ronald Reagan, and The Virtue of Prosperity. He divides his time between Washington, D.C, and San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

1Conservatives vs. Liberals1
2The Libertarian Temptation11
3The Education of a Conservative15
4Pig Wrestling at Dartmouth23
5Fighting Political Correctness35
6Authentic vs. Bogus Multiculturalism45
7What's So Great About Great Books55
8How Reagan Outsmarted the Liberals61
9Why Government Is the Problem77
10When the Rich Get Richer85
11How Affirmative Action Hurts Blacks91
12The Feminist Mistake101
13Who Are the Postmodernists?107
14Why Professors Are So Left-Wing113
15All the News That Fits117
16A Living Constitution?123
17More Guns, Less Crime131
18How to Harpoon a Liberal135
19Lies My Teacher Taught Me145
20Was Lincoln a Bad Guy?149
21The Self-Esteem Hoax161
22Who Cares About the Snail Darter?167
23Against Gay Marriage171
24Family Values Since Oedipus177
25Speaking As a Former Fetus...189
26The Hypocrisy of Anti-Globalists193
27Are Immigrants to Blame?197
28Why Liberals Hate America205
29A Republican Realignment?211
30Why Conservatives Should Be Cheerful219
31A Conservative Reading List225

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Letters to a Young Conservative 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how amazing this book is. D'Souza addresses just about every idea that has been destroyed by liberals. He gives plenty of examples for maintaining good conservative values in school and work. He is a true hero and I really believe and value every thing he wrote. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book--HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all young conservatives!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an eye opener! This is probably the only book that I will remember for the rest of my life. I encourage any young person interested in conservatism to read this book! You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and had straight forward answers to good questions.Perfect for a college kid wondering about politics and searching for clear insights. After reading, most will have a better basis upon which to base their own opinions and decisions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It is relatively short, and succinct. In it D'Souza explains what conservatism is, and what it is not [libertarian], and what American liberals think and how they act. This book explains the underpinnings of conservatism (belief in the individual, free market economics, a set moral order in the universe, pride in country, a strong military, free speech, freedom of thought), basically, the ideals of the American Revolution. He then contrasts them with what liberals think: belief in the "inner Self" [Rousseau], belief in groups, belief in oppression, dislike of one's own nation, an idealized view of the Third World, "bogus multiculturalism" [looking at other cultures not as they are, but as the Left in America would like them to be], belief in "equality of outcome". The book is peppered with many anecdotes from Dinesh's time at Dartmouth, and the attempts of many parties at Dartmouth to silence him and his conservative friends. Dinesh invented the term "political correctness", after reading that the Russian communists used it to refer to anyone not towing a strict Bolshevik line. Dinesh points out that American universities are more open to free speech in 2002 than they were in 1990, mostly due to the efforts of a few brave conservative editors at Ivy League schools, like him. I believe it. I remember being a conservative at a small liberal arts college in the 1980s. It took a bit of courage, but it was damn fun debating the liberals. Reading the book also brought back a lot of those memories, and how great it was to open a sophmore's mind to a new reality, when all he or she had been hearing was "the Party Line".
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Graceson Brotzman More than 1 year ago
Excellent way of pproceding to write a book which I have seen the same stlye used in history books. Every topic covered in the book to explain conservatism to liberals and their blockheaded rejections towards conservatism. A great read especially to those liberals whom portray to be patriots but do not fit te mold. Just read the book. Graceson Brotzman, retired USA, disabled Vet
Reader1066 More than 1 year ago
This is a wise and knowing book on many levels, mostly because it is directed at someone around 20 years of age. And yet, although I haven't been that age in quite a while, it reminds me in great detail of an earlier generation's (mine) professors' cover up of classic values and their caving into trendiness. Even if someone has never been to college, be they 18 or 50 years old, this book will show them where government officials and petty bureaucrats - and their neighbors - got their failing ideas about how life and society should be organized. And it is also funny, making it witty and wise. I wish I had such a book when I was an undergrad many years ago.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In today's world of liberal, ivy-league colleges it was refreshing to finally find a book that wanted to help kids understand conservative politics. Universities these days don't teach these principles. I am not even close to going to college yet, but I found it was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to any conservative, old or young. (And hopefully a couple liberals here and there!) )
Guest More than 1 year ago
Letters to a Young Conservative is an entertaining and highly important book for anyone interested in standing up to liberal extremism. D'Souza's ability to clearly point out the difference between liberal and illiberal is espically inciteful. I went right out and bought a copy for my daughter in college.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a conservative or just like politics in general then you will enjoy this book which is a coherent argumentative summary of the modern conservative movement. D'Souza's strength is his unique style of clarity which serves the reader well because it has a conversational tone. He writes as if he is talking to a jury that he has to convince in a point-to-point way and he is quite effective. You feel when you are reading as if he is saying " I know what your initial question may be after I say this so let me go ahead and answer it." If you love America, know that modern liberalism is defunct, and intellectually and factually void but do not know how to put your thoughts into a unified argument in your everyday life this is the book to help you!! In letter format D'Souza addresses not just modern day issues but also the philosphies of human nature and thought that underlie the conservative movement. In this short book, D'Souza vindicates all of the leading symbols of hate on the modern left: Ronald Reagan, the Founding Fathers, pro-lifers, Abraham Lincoln, and best of all The United States of America. Read it and enjoy!!! Warning: If you are a liberal you may have a bit of a wakeup call.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first two chapters are interesting in that the author cites the differences between Conservatism, Liberalism and Libertarianism -- the basics. The author's bias is evident in virtually every sentence in this book. Makes it kinda hard for someone on the middle or a little left of the middle to have full faith in the author -- not to mention, makes it impossible for the real Leftists. The arguments for Conservatism are very biased, and the examples are very selective, and the choice of words are very pro-conservative. Author, many times, becomes involuntarily tangled in the Conservative hypocrisy of self-righteousness and patriotism. Like most conservatives, especially opinionated with 'capitalism,' author displays an alarming lack of knowledge in economics (albeit authors went to Dartmouth to study Economics). A very good handbook for the conservatives, but shamelessly falls short of proselytizing the liberals. As a conservative, I wouldn't use this book to convert my liberal fiends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is shallow, empty, ignorant, puerile, and completely devoid of truth and meaning. What a waste of pqper.