The prominent economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute - the leading intellectual think tank on the right - offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for social and economic justice.
In The Conservative Heart, Arthur C. Brooks contends that after years of focusing on economic growth and traditional social values, it is time for a new kind of conservatism - one that helps the vulnerable without mortgaging our children's future. In Brooks' daring vision, this conservative movement fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, celebrates earned success, and values spiritual enlightenment. It is an inclusive movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier, more hopeful, and more satisfied lives.
One of the country's leading scholars and policy thinkers, Brooks has considered these issues for decades. Drawing on years of research on the sources of happiness, he asserts that what people most need are four "institutions of meaning" - faith, family, community, and meaningful work. These are not only the foundations of personal well-being but also the necessary means for building a better nation.
Combining reporting, original research, and case studies, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is an intelligent and compelling manifesto for renewal. Clear, well reasoned, and accessible, it is a welcome new strategy for disconsolate conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas to address the serious problems confronting us today and to reclaim our future, and it is for politically independent citizens who believe that neither political party addresses their needs or concerns.
©2015 Arthur C. Brooks (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I really enjoyed this book! Well researched, but straightforward and easy to understand as well! I just finished reading it & I'm about to read it again.
I really enjoyed the book- it was a thoughtful explanation of the compassionate conservative view. However the performance was really dry. No change of tone for jokes or emphasis during the stories. Just like someone was reading a paper aloud.
A great message of the benefits of conservative principles for all classes of people in the US and globally. Refreshing to read fact-based policy suggestions without the divisive nonsense that permeates the debates and political infighting. I recommended this to my friend s and young people as well.
If you are a conservative, you likely have much to learn about how to make what you believe work to the advantage of the less fortunate among us. This short but powerful discussion can help you help others as well as if not better than any other expression of conservative thought.
Arthur Brooks elucidates, the qualities of a true conservative, how to communicate our conservative message, and why and how Democrats often best us at the messaging game. Well thought out, and delivered. Very entertaining, informative, erudite, and never dull, or uninteresting!
If you want to know what conservatism is and what motivates conservatives, this is the book you should start with.
All candidates for office should be STUDYING this book. It's a recipe for American success, while making sure that none get left behind. It represents the spirit of America and the principles upon which it was founded.
It points the way to solving so many of the ills that currently plague us. These include the so-called "entitlements." We need to have the safety net but we need to be smarter about how we implement it. We will save those programs and reduce spending if we do it right. Because people want to work and work is one of the pillars of happiness. Brooks illustrates that with many examples and backs it up academic studies.
It was an eye-opener for me because it showed me that I need to quickly articulate my positions in terms that people connect with and can understand. It showed me that, instead of mocking and ridiculing the Social Justice Warriors (SWJs), that I should BE one! I now realize what true social justice means instead of the meaning that has been twisted and perverted by too many in America today.
It's about head and sprit and yes, HEART. The Conservative Heart. And it's really a big part of my personal makeup. If you want to be a better conservative, or just want to understand conservatives, please read this book.
This books is a must read for Liberals and Conservatives. Arthur Brooks accurately articulates the side of conservatism that has simultaneously been missing from public debate for the last 10 years AND is the most important theory and cornerstone of the conservative mind.
Finally a conservative point of view that is well researched, written and positioned without being dismissive of liberal views.
Succinctly written, challenging in application, very insightful and it resonates with any person concerned about our neighbors and our country as a whole.
in reading this book I was pleasantly surprised that genuine conservative politics require the spirit of compassion and charity for the poor and less fortunate among us. I was also pleased to read that conservatism is prudent and this has important implications for America's national debt and deficit spending. sadly the book did not acknowledge that during the 1930s America essentially spent its way out of depression by building infrastructure. I was also disappointed that the author overtly neglected to mention the positive things that have come about during the Obama administration that are oriented towards helping the poor and less fortunate. Herein lies a contradiction in the author's core message about the importance of being compassionate and charitable. but at least the Tea Party was put in its place and hopefully this work will contribute to compromise which is necessary for our democracy to thrive.
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