The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right How Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right (Paperback)
|Author: Andrew Sullivan|
Today''s conservatives support the idea of limited government, but they have increased government''s size and power to new heights. They believe in balanced budgets, but they have boosted government spending, debt, and pork to record levels. They believe in national security but launched a reckless, ideological occupation in Iraq that has made us tangibly less safe. They have substituted religion for politics and damaged both.
In "The Conservative Soul," one of the nation''s leading political commentators makes an impassioned call to rescue conservatism from the excesses of the Republican far right, which has tried to make the GOP the first fundamentally religious party in American history. In this bold and powerful book, Andrew Sullivan makes a provocative, prescient, and heartfelt case for a revived conservatism at peace with the modern world, and dedicated to restraining government and empowering individuals to live rich and fulfilling lives.
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A leading political commentator poses an urgent call to rescue conservatism from Republican corruption, arguing that conservative ideals are being challenged by expensive and inappropriate government practices, in an account that presents a case for limited government and individual empowerment. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Noted journalist Andrew Sullivan argues that true conservatism is not religious fundamentalism and it is not authoritarianism, though in the political climate of the book's writing it seems to be so. Sullivan identifies the modern conservatism that is dominant today as moralistic, bullying its way and cloaking its agenda in the umbrella of the religious right. It has lost its essential skepticism and its unease with big government.||Sullivan contrasts the new conservatism with what he considers the more reasoned and reasonable conservatism of, say William F. Buckley and the National Review of decades back, which he prefers. The learned Mr. Sullivan argues here for the acceptance of homosexuality and for gay marriage, and his arguments run along lines of freedom and liberty, and the idea that government, acting minimally and with restraint, provides for these. These arguments will be familiar to fans of Mr. Sullivan's work, who have followed his articles in the New York Times, The New Republic, and on his blog, the Daily Dish.