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The Conscience of a Conservative (1960)

by Barry Goldwater

Other authors: Brent Bozell (Author)

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A very interesting and somewhat unsettling look at the philosophy (not sure what "conscience" really has to do with it) of a man who had hopes of occupying the White House. His view of the world, and the United States' place in it, could have taken us in a very different direction domestically and globally. He advocated the withdrawal of federal involvement in a "whole series of programs that are outside its constitutional mandate" including education, agriculture, public power and urban renewal; he favored a flat rate for income tax, and the development of a "variety of small, clean nuclear weapons" with which to meet the threat of Communism. (If anyone knows what those weapons would be, you're one up on this kid.) He proposed making participation in Social Security voluntary, and opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he viewed as an intrusion of the federal government into matters properly left to the individual states. (Despite this position, he later became a proponent of legalized abortion and gay rights, and took great exception to the growing influence of the religious right on the Republican Party.) In 1964, the electorate found Senator Goldwater too right-wing and/or too immoderate for its taste, and Lyndon Johnson soundly defeated him. Goldwater is a fascinating historical figure, and I'd love to read a biography of him written by someone like David McCullough. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Nov 2, 2016 |
The declaration of the Goldwater principles and is therefore worth reading. Although Goldwater is listed as the author, the book Before the Storm explains that Goldwater did not really write it himself. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 26, 2016 |
Got this book as a teenager in the 1964 presidential campaign. Though my views have greatly changed since then, still find this an interesting read.
  krv64 | Aug 30, 2013 |
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This book is not written with the idea of adding to or improving on the Conservative philosophy. (Foreword)
I have been much concerned that so many people today with Conservative instincts feel compelled to apologize for them.
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In 1960, Barry Goldwater set forth his brief manifesto in The Conscience of a Conservative. Written at the height of the Cold War and in the wake of America's greatest experiment with big government, the New Deal, Goldwater's message was not only remarkable, but radical. He argued for the value and importance of conservative principles--freedom, foremost among them--in contemporary political life. Using the principles he espoused in this concise but powerful book, Goldwater fundamentally altered the political landscape of his day--and ours.

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Barry Goldwater on state rights, Civil Rights Movement, farm supports, right to work, high taxes, welfare state, federal aid to education, and Cold War.

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