Arthur C. Brooks, one of the country’s leading policy experts and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity, and social justice—a movement of the head and heart that boldly challenges the liberal monopoly on “fairness” and “compassion.”
Drawing on years of research, Brooks presents a social justice agenda for a New Right—an inclusive, optimistic movement with a positive agenda to fight poverty, promote equal opportunity, extol spiritual enlightenment, and help everyone lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Firmly grounded in the four “institutions of meaning”—family, faith, community, and meaningful work—it is a call for a government safety net that actually lifts people up and offers a vision of true hope through earned success.
Clear, well-reasoned, accessible, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is a welcome strategy for conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas—and for politically independent citizens who believe that neither side is adequately addressing their needs or concerns.
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About the Author
Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise. Until 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. Before entering academia, he spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. Mr. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the author of ten books, most recently the 2012 bestseller The Road to Freedom. He is a native of Seattle and currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Ester, and their three children.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Conservative Heart: How We Have Changed the World-But Can't Seem to Get Our Footing 1
Chapter 1 America's Pursuit of Happiness: Why It Is the Central Expression of the Conservative Heart 25
Chapter 2 Why America Hasn't Won the War on Poverty: Spending Trillions Without Moving the Needle Where It Matters Most 53
Chapter 3 Pushing the Bucket: How Honest Work Ennobles and Elevates Us 81
Chapter 4 Lessons from an Indian Slum and an Austrian Ghost Town: Inspiration from a Society on the Make and a Cautionary Tale from One That Disappeared 107
Chapter 5 A Conservative Social Justice Agenda: A Better Way to Fight Poverty 131
Chapter 6 From Protest Movement to Social Movement: A Road Map for the New Right 159
Chapter 7 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Conservatives: How to Talk So Americans Will Listen 179
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A must read. Really changed my perspective on a lot of things.