When it was first published, The Conscience of a Conservative reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States and helped to lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. Just as vital today as it was then, this book addresses many topics that could be torn from today's headlines. Goldwater discusses education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. This significant book lays out the conservative position both politically and economically that would come to dominate the Conservative Movement in America.
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"For a man who proudly described himself as 'simple,' Barry Goldwater remains a historical puzzle." (Angus Burgin, The New York Sun)
Goldwater is significantly underrated as an American Statesman.
History now tells us that Goldwater's stance on Communism and particularly, Soviet relations was not as radical as it may have seemed to Americans in the early 60s.
Painted (unfairly) in the 1964 election as a war monger, Goldwater's cold shoulder to the Soviets may have brought an end to the communist rule of the eastern bloc nations much earlier. It would be 20+ years before Reagan would tell Gorbachev to "tear down this wall". But perhaps Goldwater would have said this in the mid-60s instead.
Goldwater's economic views are SPOT on, and had the conservative views been used in the late 60s and early 70s - the inflationary mess of the late 70s/early 80s may never have come to fruition.
Count me as a fan of Goldwater. His views would work well for our nation today.
Many of the issues we face today are almost identical, although the major players are different. This book really makes you think about the rule of law and the importance of principled domestic and foreign policy.
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