The Conservative Soul : How Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right (Paperback)

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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.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060934378
SKU 204468166
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060934379
Release Date 10/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Andrew Sullivan
Andrew Sullivan was born in England, studied modern history at Oxford, and earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University (his thesis was on the British conservative thinker, Michael Oakeshott.) Sullivan was a staff writer for the New Republic beginning in 1986, and in 1991 he was named editor. After boosting circulation and being named 1996 Editor of the Year by Adweek magazine, he resigned, announcing that he was HIV-positive. In VIRTUALLY NORMAL (1995), Sullivan discusses his homosexuality, examines four political perspectives on the issue, and ends with his highly influential New Republic piece, "The Politics of Homosexuality." Sullivan is known as a staunch advocate of gay marriage, and has published a balanced view on the subject, SAME SEX MARRIAGE: Pro and Con. The media has sought him out as an expert on gay topics and he has written for both the gay and the mainstream press, including the New York Times. He has been the target of criticism from some in the gay community for advocating what is seen as an integrationist view of gay life and for the use of terms like "pathology" when describing gay lifestyles. In LOVE UNDECTABLE: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival, Sullivan expands his controversial New York Times Magazine article "When Plagues End". He has also written about desire, whether homosexuality is "normal," the losses of those dear to him, and his own personal growth.
"THE CONSERVATIVE SOUL is imbued with Sullivan's characteristic passion and clarity."
"What [Mr. Sullivan] has to say about most things is interesting, elegantly expressed and deeply thought through. THE CONSERVATIVE SOUL is peculiar and inconclusive, but it is also intellectually challenging and thoroughly captivating."
"What is so timely about Sullivan's book, and why it should be read closely by liberals as well as conservatives, is its embedded firsthand reports on the widening ideological cracks in the house that Rove built--a building that Rove used to boast was permanent and impregnable, and that Sullivan now makes look like a tottering fixer-upper."
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0294
Publisher Harper Perennial

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