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Conserving Liberty (Hoover Inst Press Publication)

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Understanding contemporary American conservatism

American conservatism does not mean preserving forever the mistakes that others have made. It means conserving and enlivening the fundamental grounds on which we are based. In Conserving Liberty, Mark Blitz defends the principles of American conservatism, countering many of the narrow or mistaken views that have arisen from both its friends and its foes. The author asserts that individual liberty is the most powerful, reliable, and true standpoint from which to clarify and secure conservatism—but that individual freedom alone cannot produce happiness. He shows that, to fully grasp conservatism's merits, we must we also understand the substance of responsibility, toleration and other virtues, traditional institutions, excellence, and self-government.

Blitz first sketches the elements of conservatism that appeal to individuals, reminding us that to consider ourselves first of all as free individuals and not in group, class, racial, or gender terms is the heart of American conservatism’s strength. He then shows that we need certain virtues to secure our rights and use them successfully—responsibility being the chief among these virtues. The author also explains how institutional authority works, why it is necessary, and where it supports the intellectually and morally excellent. He clarifies how natural rights and their associated virtues can be a base from which to secure and preserve our cherished institutions.

Book News Annotation:

Countering liberal objections to conservatism as irrational, Blitz (political philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, CA) defends "sensible conservatism" by arguing that contemporary conservatism seeks to conserve America's core principles (e.g., natural rights), practices, and institutions. Based on discussions of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society, he cites influences from Plato to Reagan but does not mention the Tea Party arm of the Republican Party. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Mark Blitz defends the principles of American conservatism, countering many of the narrow or mistaken views that have arisen from both its friends and its foes. He asserts that individual liberty is the most powerful, reliable, and true standpoint from which to clarify and secure conservatism—but that individual freedom alone cannot produce happiness. The author shows that, to fully grasp conservatism's merits, we must we also understand the substance of responsibility, toleration, and other virtues.

About the Author

Mark Blitz is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Raisian

Preface

Introduction: The Importance of Conservatism

Chapter One: Conserving Natural Rights

Chapter Two: Conserving Virtue

Chapter Three: Conserving Excellence

Chapter Four: Conserving Self-Government

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

About the Hoover Institution's Boyd and

Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817914240
Author:
Blitz, Mark.
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Author:
Blitz, Mark
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Hoover Institution Press Publication
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
132
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

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"Synopsis" by , Mark Blitz defends the principles of American conservatism, countering many of the narrow or mistaken views that have arisen from both its friends and its foes. He asserts that individual liberty is the most powerful, reliable, and true standpoint from which to clarify and secure conservatism—but that individual freedom alone cannot produce happiness. The author shows that, to fully grasp conservatism's merits, we must we also understand the substance of responsibility, toleration, and other virtues.
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