Synopses & Reviews
The long-running debates between between conservatives and libertarians are vigorous and highly charged, dealing with ideas about the very nature of liberty and morality. Like no other single work, Freedom and Virtue explores what unites and divides the adherents of these two important American traditionsshedding much light on our current political landscape.
"For those who want an introduction to the debate, this is a good place to start. The rare sight of both sides critiquing each other can be eye-opening."
"In recent years
a new debate has broken out within conservative ranks, pitting traditional moral conservatives' against a new group of 'libertarian conservatives'. This is primarily an intellectual debate within a small group of writers and scholars
. Nevertheless, political philosophyunlike poetry, according to Audendoes make things happen, and this slim volume does give one the flavor of a debate that remains largely beneath the surface of American politics."
Times Literary Supplement
"[A] succinct primer on the two coexisting political visions that long have animated the American republic."
About the Author
George W. Carey was a professor of government at Georgetown University and the author of The Federalist: Design for a Constitutional Republic, In Defense of the Constitution, and (with Willmoore Kendall) The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition.