Letters to a Young Conservative

Letters to a Young Conservative

by Dinesh D'Souza
Letters to a Young Conservative

Letters to a Young Conservative

by Dinesh D'Souza


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465017348
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/13/2005
Series: Art of Mentoring (Paperback)
Edition description: REV
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (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 bestselling 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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