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 OpinionJournal - American Conservatism
Reagan's generation of American conservatives reinterpreted was classical conservatism (the conservatism whose most eloquent prophet remains Edmund Burke), and the heresy they introduced was classical liberalism (the creed of the Enlightenment and John Stuart Mill).
Traditional conservatism was based on six principles: a suspicion of the power of the state; a preference for liberty over equality; unashamed patriotism; a belief in established institutions and hierarchies; a pessimistic, backward-looking pragmatism; and elitism.
The fundamental fact about American conservatism is not just that it is conservatism but that it is "American." Reaganism has survived in so much better shape than Thatcherism because it went with the grain of American culture, tapping into many of the deepest sentiments in American life: religiosity, capitalism, patriotism, individualism, optimism.
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 AmericanHeritage.com / The GIANTS of AMERICAN CONSERVATISM
The American Revolution is now being interpreted as an essentially conservative event, as a large-scale rebellion to preserve rather than gain liberty, but it was an event that appeals as much to progressives and radicals as to conservatives.
American lawyers, natural leaders of the conservative revival, have special reason to cherish the memory of this conservative Virginia lawyer.
These were American conservatism’s finest years, and all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike, may be grateful that the Federalists wrought their prudent deeds.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/1955/6/1955_6_56.shtml   (4183 words)

 Conservatism FAQ | Turnabout
Conservatism recognizes that moral habits evolve with experience and changing circumstances, and social arrangements that come to be too much at odds with the moral feelings of a people change or disappear.
Conservatism is concerned more with relations among men than those between man and nature, so ecology is not one of its defining issues.
Conservatism involves recognition that moral community is required for the coherence of individual and social life, and that a reasonably coherent way of life is a practical necessity.
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 American conservatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American conservatism is a constellation of political ideologies within the United States under the blanket heading of conservative.
Throughout much of the 20th century, one of the primary forces uniting the occasionally disparate strands of conservatism, and uniting conservatives with their liberal and socialist opponents, was opposition to communism, which was seen not only as an enemy of the traditional order, but also the enemy of western freedom and democracy.
A common progressive criticism of conservatism is that its emphasis on tradition serves to retard the inherently necessary evolution of a nation or society - particularly as one exists within the shifting paradigms of a constantly changing world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_conservatism   (6285 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: American Conservatism: an Argument with the Racial Right by David Horowitz
It is a culture that is crucial in shaping the American identity, not an ethnicity or race.
Century American statesman to consider “colonization” a reasonable alternative to the problem of assimilating people who had been brought to America against their will and who had suffered grievous injustice at the hands of American citizens.
The denigrators of Lincoln hate the fact that he resolved the schizophrenia of the American birth in favor of Jefferson’s idea that America was a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all man are created equal.
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 Creed Versus Culture: Alternative Foundations of American Conservatism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Contemporary American conservatism, which is notorious for its internal factionalism, is held together by a self-evident truth: conservatives' shared antipathy to liberalism.
Americans became the first people to take the doctrine of the law of nature from the realm of theory or philosophy and to introduce it into political life as an active foundation for a new polity.
In contrast to the examples of the application of reason to politics in Europe, the American case, in the form of the doctrine of natural rights, represented the one instance that was favorable to liberty.
www.heritage.org /Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/hl926.cfm   (5740 words)

 Revitalizing Conservatism
Government keeps growing and journalistic conservatism is silent that this growth, especially fueled by dreams of empire, threatens the whole project of American liberty.
Today, there is a need to move up from conservatism, not to reject it but to move back to its first principles—back to Ronald Reagan’s mission, to start returning power to states, communities and the people rather than support the lesser-evil big government solution.
Any revitalized conservatism must be rebuilt along the lines of the original formula promoted by Buckley and Meyer—what Meyer called fusionist conservatism, which he summarized as utilizing libertarian means for traditionalist ends.
www.conservative.org /pressroom/revitalizingconservatism.asp   (1407 words)

 Defining Conservatism Down
Had conservatism a Cassandra, she might, amidst the current mood of triumph, point out that whereas 50 years ago the American Right boasted several political theorists destined to exert a lasting influence, today it has not one to its credit.
Americans have produced such ideas before: the pragmatism of C.S. Peirce and William James, for example, recurs so often in so many fields of inquiry as to constitute a permanent mode of thinking.
For a generation, liberalism so dominated American life that, while conservatives saw conservatism as the taste of a saving remnant, liberals became convinced that their ideology expressed the natural sentiments of the American people.
www.amconmag.com /2005/2005_08_29/cover.html   (3342 words)

 American conservatism 1945-1995 - Thirtieth Anniversary Issue Public Interest - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
First there was the renewal of what might be called traditional conservatism, centered around William F. Buckley's National Review and having the goal of reprogramming the Republican publican party into a solidly conservative political instrument.
After all, the comparable debacle of McGovern's defeat in 1972 resulted in the left wing of American liberalism, whose candidate he was, gaining effective control of the Democratic party.
Essentially it continued the polemic against the New Deal that characterized American conservatism, as represented by the Republican party, throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0377/is_n121/ai_17489596   (830 words)

 The Violence of Conservatism by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The war party and American conservatism are interchangeable and inseparable.
Oh, and for those who don't go for the rah-rah stuff, and find base nationalism a tad unseemly, there is the contemplative brand of conservatism that requires quiet reflection on higher things, with noses in the air even as the blood rises to the ankles, knees, and hips.
Yes, I've heard all the arguments that this is "phony conservatism," or "neoconservatism," or "conservatism that has sold out to the Republican Party," but all of these qualifications and apologies are increasingly strained.
www.lewrockwell.com /tucker/tucker46.html   (1147 words)

 Conservatism, History, and Progress
This is so even though he actually belonged to the Whig party, championed the cause of the American colonies both before and during the Revolutionary War, and launched a seven year long prosecution of the former Governor General of India, Warren Hastings, for abuses committed by the East India Company against its Indian subjects.
The difference, as it happened, between the two revolutions was that the American Revolution was based on the demand for rights that had been already recognized in English law, while the French revolution had turned into an exercise in rationalistic and a priori legislation of rights that had never existed in France.
Burke's conservatism of evolutionary history is thus a secular conception that cuts itself free from traditional justifications, whether Pharaonic, religious, or Jeffersonian.
www.friesian.com /conserv.htm   (3438 words)

 Intercollegiate Studies Institute - ISI Books - American Conservatism
American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century.
American Conservatism will prove useful for quick retrieval of basic information about key figures, events, and publications.
At once both authoritative and provocative, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference for conservatives and those who seek to understand them.
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 Trivializing American conservatism Modern Age - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Believing that American conservatism is worthy of historical research is not, however, the same as taking it seriously or placing it within the mainstream of American history.
If the 1930s was the watershed decade for twentieth century liberalism, the 1960s was the watershed decade for twentieth-century conservatism, and it is not surprising that many of the recent books on conservatism have focused on these years.
The fourth was the appearance of hosts of radical ideologies opposed to traditional morality, particularly in the areas of family life and sexual identity, and espousing what came to be known as the "counter-culture." The fifth was the collapse of civility and the conventional standards of behavior that previously had governed politics and urban life.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0354/is_1-2_46/ai_n6138402   (761 words)

 OpinionJournal - American Conservatism
In "The Conservative Mind" (1953), a founding document of the American conservative movement, Russell Kirk assembled an array of major thinkers beginning with Edmund Burke and made a major statement.
Nevertheless, a synthesis is possible, based on what American conservatism has achieved and left unachieved since Kirk's volume.
For the things of this world, the philosophy of William James, so distinctively American, might be the best guide, a philosophy always open to experience and judging by experience within given conditions--the experience pleasurable or, more often, painful, but utopia always a distant and destructive mirage.
www.opinionjournal.com /ac   (1850 words)

 British & American Conservatism, Page 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
"Conservatism belongs to society as a whole, for its purpose is to conserve the values needed by society as a whole.
Conservatism is betrayed when it becomes the exclusive property of a single social or economic minority."
[American] Conservatives, irrespective of whether their emphasis is upon tradition and order or upon liberty, unite in their veneration of the ordered liberty conceived and executed by the Framers of the [U.S.] Constitution.
www.proconservative.net /ProConQuotesG1b.shtml   (3089 words)

 WorldNetDaily.com Book Service: American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia fills this gap in understanding by providing in-depth information and insight on the persons, schools, concepts, organizations, events, publications, and other topics of major importance to the conservative movement from World War II to the present.
Far from it: the editors have made sure that a variety of "conservatisms" are present and accounted for: classical-liberal, religious, populist, aristocratic, Straussian, traditionalist, libertarian, neoconservative, paleoconservative, fusionist, agrarian, industrialist, Southern, Northern, and so on.
The most comprehensive work of its kind, American Conservatism: An Encylopedia will be of value to all students, journalists, academics, and lay readers interested in what has arguably been the most important intellectual movement of the last fifty years.
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 The Godfather Of American Conservatism
Meyer was the ideological godfather of the conservative organizations and politicians who got their start in the late ’50s and the ’60s, from the Young Americans for Freedom to Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
For instance, when Robert Bauman was the head of Young Americans for Freedom in the early ’60s, he recalled hearing from Meyer as many as four or five times a night on the eve of an important board meeting.
As Meyer was dying of lung cancer in 1972, he consumed his last hours feverishly debating whether the Catholic prohibition on suicide and the phrase the "communion of Saints" violated his libertarian ethic.
www.aliciapatterson.org /APF0901/Judis/Judis.html   (2757 words)

 American Conservatism and the Present Crisis
The doctrine of states' rights—central to much of American conservatism in the 20th century—has from the beginning divorced political right from the equal natural rights of individual human beings, under "the laws of nature and of nature's God." This was the principal ground of difference in the struggles against Jim Crow and for civil rights.
The most notable feature of Basic Symbols was the contention that Lincoln at Gettysburg had "derailed" the American political tradition by assigning to the proposition "that all men are created equal," a meaning and importance that it did not have in 1776, or at any time in the "four score and seven years" thereafter.
If conservatism is not to become a mirror-image of decadent liberalism, we have to return the movement to its roots in the political thought and actions of the American Founders and Abraham Lincoln.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/842783/posts   (2859 words)

 Right Reason: American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia
One of the odd things about American conservatism is that it exists at all, given that the United States was founded on liberal principles (albeit classical liberal ones) and in conscious opposition to the ancien regime.
Odder still, conservatism seems to be more robust in America than in any other Western country, and articulated at a fairly sophisticated level despite Americans' (and conservatives') reputed distrust of theory.
No, I don't think conservatism, as I understand it, is opposed to change; rather, it is under the view that the longer an institution has been around, the more culture develops around that institution, and the stronger the reason from tradition becomes against eliminating that institution.
rightreason.ektopos.com /archives/2006/04/american_conser.html   (4588 words)

 Defining African-American Conservatism « African American Political Pundit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Post-modern conservatism seeks to limit access and the flow of capital to the poor and disenfranchised just as Jim Crow sought to limit the flow of capital to and disenfranchise African Americans.
This movement seeks to create an infrastructure that supports the values that will allow African Americans to rebuild their communities and heal the fractured familial, cultural, and social relationships that are essential for the survival of people of African ascendency.
The flavor of this type of conservatism appears to be more palatable to the masses of African Americans – especially those of whom are independent of and/or reject both the Republican and Democratic Party agendas.
lnrock.wordpress.com /2006/06/20/defining-african-american-conservatism   (688 words)

 All American?: Conservatism Needs to Become More Thoroughly American by Charles R. Kesler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It is in truth a very recent phrase that tries, inadequately, to characterize and defend the American tradition of republican or democratic family life, rooted of course in the precepts of the Bible and nature.
For the first time in perhaps a hundred years, it is now possible for us to return to the natural-rights doctrines of the American Founders in an intelligent way, to revive their moral and political enterprise and make it the heart and soul of a new American conservatism.
Though in some ways conservatism is now in a position to reconnect itself with the Constitutionalist doctrines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ultimately it is the conservatism of the Founders that we are seeking.
www.ashbrook.org /articles/kesler-98election.html   (3349 words)

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