Patriotism Is Not Enough

Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism

Author: Steven F. Hayward

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594038848

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 9410

DOWNLOAD NOW »
This book is a lively intellectual history of a small circle of thinkers, especially, but not solely, Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, who challenged the "mainstream" liberal consensus of political science and history about how the American Founding should be understood. Along the way they changed the course of the conservative movement and had a significant impact on shaping contemporary political debates from constitutional interpretation, civil rights, to the corruption of government today. Most importantly, these thinkers explain the deep reasons for patriotism—why we should love America not just because it is our country, but because it is a free and just country.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books

Author: Charles R. Kesler,John B. Kienker, Managing Editor of the Claremont Review of Books

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442213353

Category: Political Science

Page: 520

View: 6442

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Over the past 10 years, the Claremont Review of Books has become one of the preeminent conservative magazines in the United States, offering bold arguments for a reinvigorated conservatism that draws upon the timeless principles of the American Founding and applies them to the moral and political problems we face today. With essays by the likes of William F. Buckley, Jr., Christopher Hitchens, Richard Brookheiser, James Q. Wilson, Allen C. Guelzo, Victor Davis Hanson, Ross Douthat, and many others, this collection surveys the range of issues addressed in the Claremont Review of Books first decade, from the conservative critique of American progressivism to foreign policy, politics, history, and culture. Liberally illustrated with art director Elliot Banfield's popular cartoons, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness provides the magazine's many devotees with a treasured keepsake of a tumultuous decade and will be of interest to all those who care about American politics and culture.

A New Birth of Freedom

Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Author: Harry V. Jaffa

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847699537

Category: History

Page: 576

View: 9626

DOWNLOAD NOW »
This book represents the culmination of over a half a century of study and reflection by Jaffa, and continues his piercing examination of the political thought of Abraham Lincoln.

Schools for Misrule

Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America

Author: Walter Olson

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594035342

Category: Law

Page: 296

View: 5295

DOWNLOAD NOW »
From Barack Obama (Harvard and Chicago) to Bill and Hillary Clinton (Yale), many of our current national leaders emerged from the rarefied air of the nation's top law schools. The ideas taught there in one generation often shape national policy in the next. The trouble is, Walter Olson reveals in Schools for Misrule, our elite law schools keep churning out ideas that are catastrophically bad for America. From class action lawsuits that promote the right to sue anyone over anything, to court orders mandating the mass release of prison inmates; from the movement for slavery reparations, to court takeovers of school funding—all of these appalling ideas were hatched in legal academia. And the worst is yet to come. A fast-rising movement in law schools demands that sovereignty over U.S. legal disputes be handed over to international law and transnational courts. It is not by coincidence, Olson argues, that these bad ideas all tend to confer more power on the law schools' own graduates. In the overlawyered society that results, they are the ones who become the real rulers.

The Age of Reagan

The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980

Author: Steven F. Hayward

Publisher: Crown Forum

ISBN: 0307453693

Category: History

Page: 811

View: 6808

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House, taking us on an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive period the US has endured since the Civil War. Reprint.

Recapturing the Constitution

Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered

Author: Stephen B. Presser

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 397

View: 8727

DOWNLOAD NOW »
In a charming collection of short stories, Roche tells of life in the rough and tumble Colorado of the early-to-mid-twentieth century.

Claiming Lincoln

Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln's Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric

Author: Jason R. Jividen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 233

View: 2173

DOWNLOAD NOW »
A comprehensive treatment of the Progressives' use of Lincoln

Art from the Swamp

How Washington Bureaucrats Squander Millions on Awful Art

Author: Bruce Cole

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594039966

Category: Political Science

Page: 152

View: 7919

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Few Americans are aware that Washington is the country's largest single patron of art. Every year a group of unelected federal bureaucrats and congressmen spends millions of taxpayer dollars on monuments, sculptures, buildings, plays, and exhibitions, largely without public knowledge or involvement. Frank Gehry's outlandish memorial to President Eisenhower, an installation that blinks quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt in Morse code at a cash-strapped Veterans Administration hospital, a giant $750,00 wood sculpture whose fumes sickened workers in an FBI building in Miami, FL, and funding for research on the visual cultures of tea consumption in Imperial India are just a few of the hundreds of unwanted and wasteful projects supported annually by the General Services Administration, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and their enablers on Capitol Hill. In this book, Bruce Cole, the longest serving chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, exposes the programs and policies responsible for this glut of unsupervised bureaucratic pork and offers suggestions for their reform or elimination.

Spoiled Rotten

How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic

Author: Jay Cost

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062041169

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 900

DOWNLOAD NOW »
A popular columnist for The Weekly Standard, conservative journalist Jay Cost now offers a lively, candid, diligently researched revisionist history of the Democratic Party. In Spoiled Rotten, Cost reveals that the national political organization, first formed by Andrew Jackson in 1824, that has always prided itself as the party of the poor, the working class, the little guy is anything but that—rather, it’s a corrupt tool of special interest groups that feed off of the federal government. A remarkable book that belongs on every politically aware American’s bookshelf next to Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism and The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes, Spoiled Rotten exposes the Democratic Party as a modern-day national Tammany Hall and indisputably demonstrates why it can no longer be trusted with the power of government.

Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law

Author: Bruce P. Frohnen

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674968921

Category: Law

Page: 303

View: 1432

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Americans are ruled by an unwritten constitution consisting of executive orders, signing statements, and other quasi-laws designed to reform society, Bruce Frohnen and George Carey argue. Consequently, the Constitution no longer means what it says to the people it is supposed to govern and the government no longer acts according to the rule of law.

Who Killed Homer?

The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Victor Davis Hanson,John Heath

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459617584

Category:

Page: 516

View: 1982

DOWNLOAD NOW »
In Who Killed Homer? acclaimed classicists Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath explain what has been sacrificed, who did it and why. Hanson and Heath argue that if we lose our knowledge of the Greeks, then we lose our understanding of who we are. With straightforward advice and informative readings of the great Greek texts, the authors show how we might still save classics and the Greeks for future generations. Who Killed Homer? is must reading for anyone who agrees that knowledge of classics acquaints us with the beauty and perils of our own culture.

I Am the Change

Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism

Author: Charles R. Kesler

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062325205

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 318

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Is Barack Obama the savior of liberalism—or the last liberal president? Charles R. Kesler's spirited analysis of Obama's political thought shows that he represents either a new birth of liberalism—or its demise. Who is Barack Obama? Though many of his own supporters wonder if he really believes in anything, Charles R. Kesler argues that these disappointed liberals don't appreciate the scope of the president's ambition or the long-term stakes for which he is playing. Conservatives also misunderstand Obama, according to this leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist. They dismiss him as a socialist, hopelessly out of touch with the American mainstream. The fringe Right dwells on Obama's foreign upbringing, his missing birth certificate, Bill Ayers's supposed authorship of his books. What mainstream and fringe have in common is a stubborn underestimation of the man and the political movement he embodies. Reflecting a sophisticated mix of philosophy, psychology, and history, and complemented by a scathing wit, I Am the Change tries to understand Obama as he understands himself, based largely on his own writings, speeches, and interviews. Kesler, the rare conservative who takes Obama seriously as a political thinker, views him as a gifted and highly intelligent progressive who is attempting to become the greatest president in the history of modern liberalism. Intent on reinvigorating the liberal faith, Obama nonetheless fails to understand its fatal contradictions—a shortsightedness that may prove to be liberalism's undoing. Will Obama save liberalism and become its fourth great incarnation, following Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson? Or will he be derailed by his very successes? These are the questions at the heart of Kesler's thoughtful and illuminating book.

From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez

Author: Paul Hollander

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107071038

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 8240

DOWNLOAD NOW »
This book explores the roots of reverence and admiration expressed by many distinguished Western intellectuals for ruthless dictators.

Seeking the Promised Land

Mormons and American Politics

Author: David E. Campbell,John C. Green,J. Quin Monson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107027977

Category: Political Science

Page: 310

View: 2304

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Mormons have long had an outsized presence in American culture and politics, but they remain largely unknown to most Americans. Recent years have seen the political prominence of Mormons taken to a new level - including the presidential candidacy of Republican Mitt Romney, the prominent involvement of Mormons in the campaign for California's Proposition 8 (anti-gay marriage), and the ascendancy of Democrat Harry Reid to the position of Senate Majority Leader. This book provides the most thorough examination ever written of Mormons' place in the American political landscape - what Mormons are like politically and how non-Mormons respond to Mormon candidates. However, this is a book about more than Mormons. As a religious subculture in a pluralistic society, Mormons are a case study of how a religious group balances distinctiveness and assimilation - a question faced by all faiths.

Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents

Author: Brian C. Anderson

Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 189

View: 9492

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Despite the fall of its ideological enemies—the political messianisms of communism and national socialism—democratic capitalism faces extraordinary challenges in the new millennium, argues City Journal editor and South Park Conservatives author Brian C. Anderson in this thought-provoking new book. Not only has a fanatical form of Islam distrupted the peace and prosperity of the postcommunist era, which some had wrongly heralded as a liberal-democratic “end of history”; our free societies also remain haunted by internal demons—egalitarian fantasies, moral libertinism, an arid and unsustainable secularism, a suicide of culture. Yet nothing ordains the triumph of these demons over the democratic capitalist prospect, Anderson believes. Drawing on a rich anti-utopian tradition of political thought, he defends the real achievements of the free society against an array of critics, ranging from Jean-Paul Sartre to British anti-market conservative John Gray to the quietly authoritarian social democrat John Rawls to the postmodern Marxist and one-time terrorist Antonio Negri. Anderson pays particularly close attention to the United States, the democratic capitalist nation par excellence, showing how it differs from other liberal democracies in its robust religiosity, vigorous civil society, and constitutionalism—all under threat from the American Left. Finally, Anderson explores the thought of some of the deepest anti-utopian thinkers who are friends—albeit critical ones—of the modern regime of liberty, including the brilliant French political theorist Pierre Manent and the godfather of neoconservatism, Irving Kristol. Crisply and vividly presented, Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents is an essential guide to the conflicts of our time.

Common Sense Nation

Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea

Author: Robert Curry

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594038260

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 9840

DOWNLOAD NOW »
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This sentence is perfectly familiar. We know it as a core principle of our founding. But few, if any of us consider why Jefferson wrote it in exactly this way. Why “unalienable rights” and not simply rights? Why “self-evident” truths and not simply truths? Why does the Declaration make these distinctions? Do they really matter? If these questions are challenging or Jefferson’s words seem esoteric, it is because we no longer conduct our politics in the language of the Founders and we are no longer able to think as they once thought. In Congress and the media, political arguments are advanced by a torrent of policy studies and “expert” opinions—not on the basis of self-evident truths, unalienable rights, and definitely not in the language of the Founders. Common Sense Nation is a potent re-introduction to the political ideas of the Founders—in their own words and on their terms. It is dedicated to the proposition that the only way to fully unlock the profound and distinctive power of American self-government is to understand it as its inventors did. Common Sense Nation reclaims the language of liberty from entities that prefer to interpret our freedoms for us. For in knowing the Founders as they knew themselves, readers will learn the surprising depths of their own political powers as American citizens.

Blacklisting Myself

Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror

Author: Roger L. Simon

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458786994

Category:

Page: 324

View: 7238

DOWNLOAD NOW »
An Academy Award - nominated screenwriter and a mystery novelist, Roger L. Simon is the only American writer to pull off the amazing trick of being profiled positively in both Mother Jones and National Review in one lifetime. The stunning story of his political odyssey is told in this memoir, where Simon recounts his migration from financier of the Black Panther Breakfast Program to pioneer blogosphere mogul beloved by the right as a 9/11 Democrat. But Simon is beholden to neither right nor left in this tale of Hollywood chic run amuck, as he talks out of school about his adventures with, among many others, Richard Pryor, Warren Beatty, Timothy Leary, Richard Dreyfuss, Woody Allen, and Julian Semyonov, the Soviet Unions version of Robert Ludlum and also a KGB colonel who tempted Simon to join the KGB himself.

Economic Freedom and Human Flourishing

Perspectives from Political Philosophy

Author: Michael R. Strain,Stan A. Veuger

Publisher: A E I Press

ISBN: 9780844750019

Category: Philosophy

Page: 164

View: 6659

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Is economic liberty necessary for individuals to lead truly flourishing lives? Whether your immediate answer is yes or no, this question is deceptively simple. What do we mean by liberty? What constitutes the flourishing life? How are these related? How is economic liberty related to other goods that affect human flourishing? To answer these questions and more this volume brings to bear some of history s greatest thinkers, interpreted by some of today s leading scholars of their thought. How might Aristotle have understood the relationship between economic liberty and human flourishing? Hobbes and Locke, Mill, Rousseau, Burke, Adam Smith, Kant, de Tocqueville, and Marx? So much of the policy and political debates around issues of economic liberty are often cast in somewhat narrow terms. What is the precise magnitude of this elasticity? Is a certain policy popular among key constituencies? Of course, economic and political analysis have a vital role to play in shaping and understanding public policy. But it is helpful and refreshing from time to time to step back and examine the foundation. This volume endeavors to do exactly that."