What Is Conservatism?

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Open Road Media, Sep 15, 2015 - Political Science - 304 pages
What Is Conservatism? (1964) is a conservative classic—as relevant today as it was half a century ago.
 
Just what is conservatism? Many people are groping for answers, especially as conservatives seem to be retreating into factions—Tea Partiers, traditionalists, libertarians, social conservatives, neoconservatives, and so on. But this illuminating book shows what unites conservatives even as it explores conservatism’s rich internal debate.
 
Edited by Frank S. Meyer, who popularized the idea of “fusionism” that became the basis for modern American conservatism, What Is Conservatism? features brilliant essays by twelve leading conservative thinkers and spokesmen, including:
 
• F. A. Hayek, Nobel Prize–winning economist and author of The Road to Serfdom
• William F. Buckley Jr., founder of National Review and the man perhaps most responsible for the rise of the modern conservative movement
• Russell Kirk, whose seminal book The Conservative Mind gave the conservative movement its name
• M. Stanton Evans, author of the conservative movement’s central credo, the “Sharon Statement” (1960)
 
In a foreword to this new edition, #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Review contributing editor Jonah Goldberg explains the profound influence of What Is Conservatism? on conservative thought and the book’s relevance today.
 

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Contents

Foreword to the new edition by Jonah Goldberg
Introduction
Prescription Authority and Ordered Freedom
Willmoore Kendall
A Conservative Case for Freedom
Wilhelm Röpke
F A Hayek
Reason and the Restoration of Tradition
EMPIRICAL OBSERVATIONS
The Morality of Free Enterprise
William F Buckley
SUMMING
Consensus and Divergence
The Dogma of Our Times
Acknowledgments
Contributors

The Conservative Search for Identity
Garry Wills

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Frank S. Meyer (1909–1972) was a senior editor at National Review and an editorial adviser of Modern Age. He was the author of In Defense of Freedom: A Conservative Credo a The Moulding of Communists.

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