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Conscience of a Conservative reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States, helping to lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. It covers topics such as education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. This significant book lays out the conservative position both politically and economically that would come to dominate the Conservative Movement in American, clearly defining Goldwater’s uncompromising political views. Goldwater held freedom as the highest value in American society: freedom from law, freedom from government, freedom from anybody else's vision but your own. Much more than a political tract or soulless campaign book of the sort generated by every modern presidential campaign, Goldwater’s book continues to be read today because it lays out an intriguing political philosophy. Goldwater's conservatism is not isolationism, nor is it a cold-blooded commitment to the 'haves' as against the 'have-nots.' It is the creed of a fighter who has both a warm heart and a clear mind. Even today, there is more harsh fact and hard sense in this slight book than will emerge from all of the chatter of a normal session of Congress. One of a handful of truly authentic conservatives, Goldwater was said to speak with “the clarity of courage and the courage of clarity.” --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Barry Goldwater (1909–1998) was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for President in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative". Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He also had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement. Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal and fought through the conservative coalition to defeat the New Deal coalition. He mobilized a large conservative constituency to win the hard-fought Republican primaries. Goldwater's right-wing campaign platform ultimately failed to gain the support of the electorate and he lost the 1964 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson by one of the largest landslides in history, bringing down many Republican candidates as well. The Johnson campaign and other critics painted him as a reactionary, while supporters praised his crusades against the Soviet Union, labor unions, and the welfare state. His defeat allowed Johnson and the Democrats in Congress to pass the Great Society programs, but the defeat of so many older Republicans in 1964 also cleared the way for a younger generation of American conservatives to mobilize. Goldwater was much less active as a national leader of conservatives after 1964; his supporters mostly rallied behind Ronald Reagan, who became governor of California in 1967 and the 40th President of the United States in 1981. Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969, and specialized in defense policy, bringing to the table his experience as a senior officer in the Air Force Reserve. His greatest accomplishment was arguably the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which restructured the higher levels of the Pentagon by increasing the power of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to direct military action. In 1974, as an elder statesman of the party, Goldwater successfully urged President Richard Nixon to resign when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent. By the 1980s, the increasing influence of the Christian right on the Republican Party so conflicted with Goldwater's libertarian views that he became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as abortion, gay rights and the role of religion in public life. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A constitutional conservative primer 18 décembre 2011
Par T. Williamson - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Barry was very knowledgeable of the US Constitution and the spirit of its framers. A good primer. He examines the issues and abuses rampant in the US government, and shows how our freedoms are threatened; he shows an equal understanding of liberalism. He puts the blame not on liberals, but on conservatives for standing idly by while the US Constitution is dismantled with spurious legislation. Pertinent for our current affairs. I'd recommend reading it side by side with the Penguin guide to the US Constitution. A good read whether you're liberal or conservative. If you're liberal, you'll probably be glad he's not around anymore--that is, until you see your rights evaporating. Tyranny is coming fast. As I write this, Congress and the President just passed the NDAA, authorizing indefinite detainment of US citizens. No evidence, no warrant, no charges, no trial, no public record of your arrest. This is what a power hungry Fed Govt will continue to do. Violation of your 4th amendment rights. what's next? Read up, so you'll know why.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dated but Enlightening 6 juin 2013
Par Logan - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
So I bought this book to try inform myself on some fundamental conservative principles (not like they really change much!) and the book that inspired two presidents (Reagan and Bush II). It is a very well written book and even though many of the points in it are very, very outdated in today's world (like talking about how the Eisenhower's administration was spending the astronomical amount of 85 billion a year ha ha ha!) the core philosophy Goldwater is espousing is timeless.

Overall it informed many of my arguments with practical reasoning that applies even today. My only main concern aside from the history he used was his argument about Civil Rights which while I agree in principle to some of it, my modern sensibilities conflicted with his statements.

If you're flirting with libertarian conservatism and want a book from an icon, then certainly order this book today! If you are very left wing in your opinions I think this book may overwhelm you with it's brevity, but I always suggest finding out about the 'other' side because my next book will likely be The People's History of the USA!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book! 26 mars 2012
Par Roger Haley - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I heard about this book from a Fox News series. The concepts of this book still hold true today, probably more than ever. If you are new to conservatism, this book is a quick read, only 120 pages, that will give some insight into conservatism. If you are not a conservative, still read this book so you can be see both sides.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Primer for Conservatives 24 avril 2014
Par JMack - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Credited with being the author of modern Conservatism, Goldwater was able to state much of his philosophy in this little book. One need not be a conservative to appreciate what Goldwater has to say.

Goldwater's argument essential boils down to whether the government should be taking care of people or acting as a "nanny state". Many of Goldwater's points are tough to dismiss. Any role not explicitly given to the federal government is assumed by the states. Yet it is the federal government that weasels its way into education and other places where it has little business.

Perhaps the most dated points are the ones made on foreign policy. With the Cold War finished, Goldwater's proposals seem to be lacking in hindsight. Reagan proved a more appropriate way to win the cold war without putting the country at greater risk of conflict.

When one agrees with Goldwater's arguments, he/she must have a valid replacement for any programs that are to be eliminated. With these elements omitted, I feel that Goldwater's argument is somewhat incomplete.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The days when Republicans weren't bat-spit crazy 29 septembre 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I am NOT a Republican...sorry, I have a functioning brain...but I wanted to get back to the "father of American conservatism" to try to get a sense of how a more sober conservatism in days of yore had degenerated into the batspit-crazy extremist clowncar that is now the GOP. While I don't agree with everything Goldwater believed in, I think he was unfairly tarred as an extremist by the politicians of his day. He lays his arguments out, whether you agree with them or not, in a much less emotional and far more rationally-presented manner than anything you'll see from any politician today, Republican or Democrat. Since I'm not an extremist liberal myself (like I said, I have a functioning brain) I can agree with at least some of his points on fiscal responsibility and individualist choice (which has been taken to far by the extreme right-wing today). This is an excellent read from the source of modern-day conservatism, however little the mess that is the current GOP resembles the sober thought of Goldwater.
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