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It is indeed powerful and I think very interesting at the same time. This is most definitely a book which could very well change what you think about what is going on in the government today, and it is essential that we know so that we can start stopping this trend before it consumes us.
On Liberty and Tyranny On Prudence and Progress On Faith and the Founding On the Constitution On Federalism On the Free Market On the Welfare State On Enviro-Statism On Immigration On Self-Preservation To put it succinctly: Conservatism is a way of understanding life, society, and governance.
The Founders believed, and the Conservative agrees, in the dignity of the individual; that we, as human beings, have a right to live, live freely, and pursue that which motivates us not because man or some government say so, but because these are God-given natural rights.
In the civil society, the individual is recognized and accepted as more than an abstract statistic or faceless member of some group; rather, he is a unique, spiritual being with a soul and a conscience.
He is free to discover his own potential and pursue his own legitimate interests, tempered, however, by a moral order that has its foundation in faith and guides his life and all human life through the prudent exercise of judgment.
As such, the individual in the civil society strives, albeit imperfectly, to be virtuous—that is, restrained, ethical, and honorable. He rejects the relativism that blurs the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, and means and ends.
In the civil society, private property and liberty are inseparable. The illegitimate denial or diminution of his of his private property enslaves him to another and denies him his liberty. In the civil society, a rule of law, which is just, known, and predictable, and applied equally albeit imperfectly, provides the governing framework for and restraints on the policy, thereby nurturing the civil society and serving as a check against the arbitrary use and, hence, abuse of power.
For the Conservative, the civil society has as its purpose its preservation and improvement. The Modern Liberal believes in the supremacy of the state, thereby rejecting the principles of the Declaration and the order of the civil society, in whole or part. If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern me, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
The Framers recognized that the Constitution may require adjustments from time to time. Therefore, they provided two methods for proposing amendments, only one of which has been used in adopting all current amendments.
In all our history the Constitution has been amended only twenty- seven times—the first ten of which, the Bill of Rights, were adopted shortly after the Constitution was ratified. Clearly the Framers did not intend the Constitution to be easily altered.
But in the s, during the Great Depression, the Statist successfully launched a counterrevolution that radically and fundamentally altered the nature of American society.
At first the Supreme Court fought back, striking down New Deal programs as exceeding the limits of federal constitutional authority, violating state sovereignty, and trampling on private property rights.
Roosevelt himself broke with the two-presidential-term tradition started by George Washington by running for four terms. And yet, the Statist has an insatiable appetite for control. His sights are set on his next meal even before he has fully digested his last.
He is constantly agitating for government action. And in furtherance of the purpose, the Statist speaks in the tongue of the demagogue, concocting one pretext and grievance after another to manipulate public perceptions and build popular momentum for the divestiture of liberty and property from its rightful possessors.
In truth, both are made victims by the real perpetrator, the Statist. The Statist also knows that despite his successful usurpations, enough citizens are still skeptical and even distrustful of politicians and government that he cannot force his will all at once. Thus he marches in incremental steps, adjusting his pace as circumstances dictate.
Today his pace is more rapid, for resistance has slowed. Even if liberty is acknowledged, it is often taken for granted and its performance assumed. It is not recognized as an increasingly corrosive threat to liberty but rather as coexisting with it. The Conservative does not despise government. He despises tyranny. This is precisely why the Conservative reveres the Constitution and insists on adherence to it. The conservative is alarmed by the ascent of a soft tyranny and its cheery acceptance by the neo- Statist.
He knows that liberty once lost is rarely recovered. He knows of the decline and eventual failure of past republics. Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. On Prudence and Progress. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guard for their future security.
The Founders were very careful to explain that revolution is a last resort compelled only by the imposition is a last resort compelled only by the imposition of an absolute despotism. Change as innovation was destructive as a radical departure from the past and the substitution of existing institutions of the sate with potentially dangerous experiments. Furthermore, the Statist often justifies change as conferring new, abstract rights, which is nothing more than a Statist deception intended to empower the state and deny man his real rights—those that are both unalienable and anchored in custom, tradition, and faith.
Change unconstrained by prudence produces unpredictable consequences, threatening ordered liberty with chaos and ultimately despotism, and placing at risk the very principles the Conservative holds dear. However, the Conservative seeks to preserve and improve the civil society, not engage in a mindless defense of the status quo inasmuch as the status quo may well be a condition created by the Statist and destructive of the civil society.
The Statist does not acknowledge the tremendous benefits to society from the individual pursuits of tens of millions of others. It is observed that the Statist is dissatisfied with the condition of this own existence.
He condemns his fellow man, surroundings, and society itself for denying him the fulfillment, success, and adulation he believes he deserves.
He is angry, resentful, petulant, and jealous. He is incapable of honest self- assessment by others of himself, thereby evading responsibility for his own miserable condition. Therefore, he must destroy the civil society, piece by piece. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individual are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state.
He must abandon his own ambitions for the ambitions of the state. He must become reliant on and fearful of the state. His first duty must be to the state—not family, community, and faith, all which have the potential of threatening the state. Once dispirited, the individual can be molded by the state. Equality, as understood by the Founders, is the natural right of every individual to live freely under self-government, to acquire and retain the property he creates through his own labor, and to be treated impartially before a just law.
Moreover, equality should not be confused with perfection, for man is also imperfect, making his application of equality, even in the most just society, imperfect. Otherwise, inequality is the natural state of man in the sense that each individual is born unique in all his human characteristics. Therefore, equality and inequality, properly comprehended, are both engines of liberty. The Statist, however, misuses equality to pursue uniform economic and social outcomes.
The Statist must claim the power to make that which is unequal equal and that which is imperfect perfect. This is the hope the Statist offers, if only the individual surrenders himself to the all-powerful state.
Only then can the impossible be made possible. Indeed, it is not a grant to mankind from mankind. In America, the Statist understands that his counterrevolution must at least appear gradual and not revolutionary—sometimes even clothed in the flag and patriotism—lest his intentions become too obvious and thus alarming to his skeptics. The classroom is turned into a propaganda mill, rather than a place for education, to shape the beliefs and attitudes of successive generations of malcontents and incubate the quiet revolution against the civil society.
Academics help identify the enemies of the state, whom their students learn to distrust or even detest through distortion and repetition—corporations as polluters, the Founding Fathers as slave owners, the military as imperialist, etc. Academics claim to challenge authority but, in truth, preach authoritarianism through various justifications for and approaches to deconstructing the civil society.
The talk of individual rights but promote collectivism. They talk of enfranchisement and suffrage but promote judicial and administrative usurpation of republicanism.
Indeed, academics portray Utopia as a kind of heaven on earth but have a high tolerance for the hell of widespread misery. But he believes it is the price humanity must pay to pave the way for Utopia—or, conversely, he dismisses Statist-caused misery as a misapplication of utopian ideals resulting from the poor performance of a particular Statist or the nefarious doings of the enemies of the state. The British writer-philosopher C.
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He is the former president of the Landmark Legal Foundation , a New York Times best-selling author of seven books, and contributes commentary to media outlets such as National Review Online. Since , Levin has been editor-in-chief of the Conservative Review  and is known for his incendiary commentary. He endorsed Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary and declared himself " Never Trump ", but reluctantly endorsed Donald Trump after Trump won the Republican nomination. His father, Jack E. Levin — , was the author of several books. Levin worked for Texas Instruments after law school.
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