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Conscience of a Conservative
by Barry Goldwater
The book lays out, clearly and succinctly, [Goldwater’s] uncompromising 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. You can argue with him on the particulars, but there’s something compelling about his quintessentially American notion of self-reliance. -David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
The new Conscience of a Conservative takes what might be called the ‘anti-fusionist’ side in the Goldwater wars…The Conscience of a Conservative continues to be read today because it isn’t a political tract, a soulless campaign book of the sort generated by every other modern presidential effort. -Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative
Praise for the original edition: “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. -John Chamberlain, Wall Street Journal
From a user review on Amazon.com: What book is is important enough that I read it once a year? The Law by Frederic Bastiat. Written in 1848 as a response to socialism in France, this book essay is just as relevant today as it was then.
“What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right-from God-to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties? (click the book to read more of this review on the listing page)
The Conservative Mind
by Russell Kirk
Brilliant in every respect, from its conception to its choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism, The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk launched the modern American Conservative Movement.
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
by Mark Levin
In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has steadily snowballed since President Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s and resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for re-enforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. Conservative beliefs in individual freedoms do in the end stand for liberty for all Americans, while liberal dictates lead to the breakdown of civilized society — in short, tyranny. Looking back to look to the future, Levin writes “conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are our founding principles.” And in a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming, immigration, and more — and illustrates how change, as seen through the conservative lens, is always prudent, and always an enhancement to individual freedom.
As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, Levin’s narrative will galvanize readers to begin a new era in conservative thinking and action. Liberty and Tyranny provides a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for revitalizing the conservative vision and ensuring the preservation of American society.
Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays
by Walter E. Williams
In this selected collection of his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter E. Williams once again takes on the left wing’s most sacred cows with provocative insights and brutal honesty. He offers his sometimes controversial views on education, health, the environment, government, law and society, race, and a range of other topics, always with an uncompromising reverence for personal liberty and the principles laid out in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
America: The Last Best Hope, Volumes I & II
by William J. Bennett
While national test scores reveal that American students know startlingly little about their history, former U.S. Education Secretary William J. Bennett offers one of the most gripping and memorable versions of the American story in print. The two volumes of Bennett’s New York Times bestselling epic, America: The Last Best Hope, cover Columbus’s discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century to the fall of world communism in the twentieth.
The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America
by William J. Bennett
The fife and drum of history mark the time of each passing day. And within their cadence, personalities, conflicts, discoveries, ideas, and nations peal and fade. American history is no different. From the starving time of Jamestown during the Winter of 1609, through the bloody argument of the Civil War, and to today, the United States is a tale best told one day at a time. Bennett distills the American drama into three hundred sixty-five entries-one for each day of the year. Fascinating in its detail and singular in its grasp of the big themes, Bennett’s Almanac will make anyone a fan of history, assembling even some of the most obscure details. Even better, it will make of everyone a patriot.
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
by Glenn Beck
In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation’s problems. One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America’s future — and, ultimately, her freedom.
Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine’s powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government’s easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country. A copy of Thomas Paine’s original Common Sense is included.
American Progressivism: A Reader
by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto
American Progressivism presents some of the most important essays and speeches from the leading figures of national progressivism. Students and scholars of American political thought and development, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable resource on the characteristics of progressive thought, the role of progressives in the development of the American political tradition, and will better understand the current resurgence in national progressivism today.
Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
by Ronald J. Pestritto
Woodrow Wilson’s political philosophy, argues Pestritto (politics, U. of Dallas), remained consistent from his earliest writings, through his career as an academic political scientist and his later political career. His argument rests upon an analysis of Wilson’s historical and political thinking, specifically in regard to the principles of the American founding. Wilson had an organic, historicist view of the state that led him to advocate for a more powerful, centralized national state and to advocate for the ability to interpret the constitution in accord with new historical contingencies. This argument leads Pestritto to conclude that Wilson, even as President, was not the anti-progressive many have claimed.
by Ayn Rand
Anthem is Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dark future age of the great “We”-a world that deprives individuals of name, independence, and values. Written a full decade before George Orwell’s “1984,” this dystopian novel depicts a man who seeks escape from a society in which individuality has been utterly destroyed. Rand expertly shows how collectivism (including social programs in the United States) destroys freedom and individuality. Her philosophy is simple: “planning” is a synonym for “collectivism,” and “collectivism” is a metaphor for communism and tyranny. This important book should be read by all who are concerned about the role of government in modern life.
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by Frederick Bastiat
Full text of e-book on the Online Library of Liberty website, available in many formats; can be read directly on the site or downloaded to a mobile device (click image to visit index page)
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