What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected? With soft left-liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be dismissed as pure nostalgia? In this highly personal and witty book, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explains how to live as a conservative in spite of the pressures to exist otherwise. Drawing on his own experience as a counter-cultural presence in public life, Scruton argues that while humanity might survive in the absence of the conservative outlook, it certainly won't flourish. How to be a conservative is not only a blueprint for modern conservatism. It is a heartfelt appeal on behalf of old fashioned decencies and values, which are the bedrock of our weakened, but still enduring civilization.
يضع بول كروغمان خريطة للطريق المؤدية إلى الإصلاح، وكروغمان هو الاقتصادي الأكثر قراءة لما يكتب على نطاق واسع في العالم، وهو واحد من أكثر المعلقين السياسيين تأثيراً. ويطوف كروغمان في كل اتجاه على قرن من التاريخ، من الاقتصاد السياسي للعصر المموّه، وهو الذي يبدو مألوفاً جداً في هذه الأيام، إلى كوارث سنوات بوش، التي يجادل المؤلف في أنها كانت محتومة بعد أن فازت حركة المحافظين بالسيطرة الكاملة على حكومة الولايات المتحدة. ويبين المؤلف أنه لا (الطبقة الوسطى) التي ترعرع فيها جيل ازدهار المواليد في أمريكا، ولا (أمة حكومة القلة) التي صرنا إليها على نحو متزايد طوال الجيل الماضي تطورا تطوراً طبيعياً، وكلاهما أنشئ ـ إلى حد كبير ـ بفعل خطط سياسية حكومية مستهدية بحركات سياسية منظمة. ويشرح كيف أن المدافعين عن اللامساواة استغلوا الانقسامات الثقافية والعرقية لمصلحتهم، في حين وجد المصلحون طرقاً لتجسير تلك الانقسامات، ويجادل في أن الوقت قد حان من أجل عصر عظيم للإصلاح. وأخيراً وليس آخراً، فإن الكتاب يلخص برنامجاً للتغيير، ويبين البرنامج كيف أن الرعاية الصحية الشاملة تستطيع أن تكون الملمح الرئيس لبرنامج إصلاح جديد، تماماً مثلما كان الضمان الاجتماعي هو لباب برنامج الإصلاح الجديد (نيوديل). ويشرح البرنامج ما الذي يمكن عمله لتضييق فجوة الثروة والدخل، ويبين كيف أن تحالفاً سياسياً جديداً يستطيع في آن معاً أن يدعم الإصلاح، وأن يكون مدعوماً بالإصلاح، وهو ما يجعل مجتمعنا لا مجرد مجتمع أكثر تساوياً بل أكثر ديمقراطية أيضاً. ويعد كتاب (ضمير ليبرالي) بأن يعيد تشكيل الحوار العام حول خطط السياسة الأمريكية الاجتماعية، وأن يصير عملاً معيارياً ومحكاً مرجعياً لجيل كامل.
Outwit and outmock those Crazy Conservatives! Tired of the delusional rantings of right-wing nut jobs? Does the mere mention of the Tea Party or Fox News pose a clear and present danger to your sanity? No matter the flavor of your misguided right-wing adversary, here's a survival guide for anyone who's fantasized about smacking down a conservative blowhard. Learn how to: • Hurl witty retorts at Obama haters, Bible-thumpers, and Wall Street shills • Explain why the Left is right and the Right is wrong with the dueling Conservative and Liberal Manifestos • Survive family sparring matches, manage workplace squabbles, and learn to cope if you're sleeping with the enemy • Entertain your friends and terrify your enemies while arguing politics on Facebook and Twitter • Use conservatives' words against them with a handy compilation of moronic right-wing quotes It's time to defend America against every intolerant, corrupt, arrogant, greed-mongering, science-hating, reality-denying imbecile in your midst. Stop the stampede of mindless, fact-loathing wingnuts!
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Author: Steven D. Levitt
Publisher: العبيكان للنشر
Category: Business & Economics
أيهما أشد خطراً، المسدس أم حوض السباحة؟ ما هي الأشياء المشتركة بين معلمي المدارس ومصارعي السومو؟ لماذا ما يزال تجار المخدرات يعيشون مع أمهاتهم؟ ما هو مقدار اهتمام الوالدين حقاً؟ ما هو تأثير قضية «رو» و«ويد» في جرائم العنف؟ قد لا تبدو هذه الأسئلة مثل الأسئلة النمطية التي يسألها الاقتصادي، لكن ستيفن د. ليفيت ليس اقتصادياً نمطياً؛ إنه عالم شجاع أكثر من أي شيء آخر، يدرس المادة والأحاجي في الحياة اليومية ــ من الغش والجريمة إلى الرياضة وتربية الأطفال ــ وتقوم استنتاجاته عادة على قلب الحكمة التقليدية رأساً على عقب. وغالباً ما يبدأ بتل كبير من المعطيات وبسؤال بسيط لم يطرح من قبل. إنه يهتم ببعض هذه الأسئلة مثل قضايا الحياة والموت، وبعضها الآخر ذو ميزات استثنائية دون شك. وهكذا يحتوي هذا الكتاب على حقل جديد من الدراسة، وهو (الاقتصاد العجيب). ومن خلال سرده للقصص الآسرة ومن النظرة العميقة غير المباشرة، يبين ليفيت وزميله ستيفن ج. دوبنر أن الاقتصاد -في جذوره- دراسة للحوافز ـــ كيف يحصل الناس على ما يريدون أو يحتاجون، لاسيما عندما يريد الناس الآخرون الشيء ذاته أو يحتاجونه. في كتابهما (الاقتصاد العجيب)، يشرع المؤلفان في استكشاف الجانب الخفي ـــ من كل شيء؛ الأعمال الداخلية لعصابة مخدرات، وحقيقة الوسطاء العقاريين، وأساطير تمويل الحملات. وقصص الغش لدى معلمي المدارس. وأسرار جمعية كوكلوكس كلان (العرقية). ومن هنا فإذا كانت الأخلاق تمثل كيف نريد للعالم أن يسير، فإن الاقتصاد يمثل كيف يعمل العالم فعلاً. صحيح إن قراء هذا الكتاب سيتسلحون بقصص وأحاجٍ تكفي لتروى في آلاف الحفلات، لكن كتاب (الاقتصاد العجيب) يستطيع أن يقدم أكثر من ذلك، إنه يعيد تعريف الطريقة التي ننظر بها إلى العالم الحديث تعريفاً حرفياً. العبيكان للنشر
There are two major ideologies at play in our country right now, and they are diametrically opposed. Conservatism is minimalism and personal; Liberalism is expansive and group think. Conservatism is about small government controlled by the governed and personal responsibility. Liberalism is about expanding government and the government acting as caregiver and lack of personal responsibility (victimhood).In this work, I examine the major issues of the day and contrast the two ideologies using logic and sound thinking to come to a reasonable conclusion. The issues include: Are gays born that way or is it a choice? Since Darwin’s theory is still theory, why does all of science rest on it? Regarding our universe, is it only Darwin or creationism? Is popular science scientific? Gun control or self-defense? Why does the Supreme Court rule the way it does? The NEA—who’s the priority, students or teachers? The ACLU—protector or protagonist? Do we still need affirmative action? Do Liberals live in their own alternate universe? Are Black leaders stuck in the past? What about the Tea Party Movement? What is the military’s place in modern life? Are America’s best days in the past? These and other questions are examined in A Conservative Writes about Damn Near Everything. I stopped writing so I wouldn’t have to delete Damn Near. I assume you’re at least as smart as I am and are looking for more information. I believe I’ve delivered. Let’s continue the conversation so we can figure the best way to return our country to its rightful place as preeminent among nations. That’s the brilliance and prescience of our founders, our inheritance, and as proud Americans, our work order. We gave those with a different view an opportunity to show us their brighter tomorrow. What we got was potted meat for filet mignon. The experiment failed. Let’s scrap it and get back to what works so we can get back to work. Let those who think “profit” is a four-letter word get rid of theirs; we’ll keep ours and expand it. That’s what Conservatism does. Viva la difference.
With Reflections on Government, Industry, Scientists, the Media, Education, Economic Growth, the Public, the Great Lakes, Activists, and the Sunsetting of Toxic Chemicals
Author: Gordon K. Durnil
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category: Political Science
"[Durnil's attack on chlorine is] one of the single boldest environmental policy ideas of the 1990's.... The message is that if someone as conventional and as conservative as Mr. Durnil can latch on to one of the great social transformations of the American century, then so can every other Republican in the country." —New York Times Book Review "This is a serious, thoughtful book. If they would read it, the phoney 'conservatives' now performing in the center ring in Congress might be shamed into mending their ways. —Village Voice Literary Supplement "Here comes a thoughtful, experienced conservative with impeccable Republican credentials a dedicated environmentalist with a different point of view. A thoughtful, readable mandate."—Ken Bode, Moderator, Washington Week in Review
A provocative and timely call to action for civic-minded Canadians yearning for a more competitive political system ane better government. Canadians everywhere are asking: what's wrong with the Conservative Party? The Liberal Party of Canada has held power for 70 of the past 100 years--a feat unrivaled by any other political party in the Western hemisphere. This dominance has caused a great deal of frustration on all political fronts, especially on the right. In the past two years, the long-awaited merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives has not achieved the results many were expecting. Despite the explosive revelations of the sponsorship scandal, and attempts to improve his party's image, Stephen Harper's Conservatives still trail in the polls. In Rescuing Canada's Right, the authors examine the problems facing the Conservative Party and the broader conservative movement, and offer concrete solutions on how to fix them. Some of the issues the book will address: Why the Conservative Party and its predecessor parties have such a poor electoral record; Why today's Conservative Party is not really conservative. Why a new political vision is necessary to inspire Canadians--and what it should be. How the Liberals use public money to entrench an unhealthy reliance on the state--and how the right has failed to challenge it What Canadian conservatives can learn from the American and British experiences How to build a Canadian Conservative counter-culture in the media, academia, and the law How the right can break through to the young, and to immigrants in Quebec An action plan to end Canada's democratic deficit and level the political playing field. Rescuing Canada's Right will be a hard-hitting and groundbreaking work that will introduce new ideas and a passionate call for change for 21st century Canada.
The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots
Author: Rod Dreher
Category: Political Science
When a National Review colleague teased writer Rod Dreher one day about his visit to the local food co-op to pick up a week’s supply of organic vegetables (“Ewww, that’s so lefty”), he started thinking about the ways he and his conservative family lived that put them outside the bounds of conventional Republican politics. Shortly thereafter Dreher wrote an essay about “crunchy cons,” people whose “Small Is Beautiful” style of conservative politics often put them at odds with GOP orthodoxy, and sometimes even in the same camp as lefties outside the Democratic mainstream. The response to the article was impassioned: Dreher was deluged by e-mails from conservatives across America—everyone from a pro-life vegetarian Buddhist Republican to an NRA staffer with a passion for organic gardening—who responded to say, “Hey, me too!” In Crunchy Cons, Dreher reports on the amazing depth and scope of this phenomenon, which is redefining the taxonomy of America’s political and cultural landscape. At a time when the Republican party, and the conservative movement in general, is bitterly divided over what it means to be a conservative, Dreher introduces us to people who are pioneering a way back to the future by reclaiming what’s best in conservatism—people who believe that being a truly committed conservative today means protecting the environment, standing against the depredations of big business, returning to traditional religion, and living out conservative godfather Russell Kirk’s teaching that the family is the institution most necessary to preserve. In these pages we meet crunchy cons from all over America: a Texas clan of evangelical Christian free-range livestock farmers, the policy director of Republicans for Environmental Protection, homeschooling moms in New York City, an Orthodox Jew who helped start a kosher organic farm in the Berkshires, and an ex-sixties hippie from Alabama who became a devout Catholic without losing his antiestablishment sensibilities. Crunchy Cons is both a useful primer to living the crunchy con way and a passionate affirmation of those things that give our lives weight and measure. In chapters dedicated to food, religion, consumerism, education, and the environment, Dreher shows how to live in a way that preserves what Kirk called “the permanent things,” among them faith, family, community, and a legacy of ancient truths. This, says Dreher, is the kind of roots conservatism that more and more Americans want to practice. And in Crunchy Cons, he lets them know how far they are from being alone. A Crunchy Con Manifesto 1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly. 2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character. 3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government. 4. Culture is more important than politics and economics. 5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative. 6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract. 7. Beauty is more important than efficiency. 8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom. 9. We share Russell Kirk’s conviction that “the institution most essential to conserve is the family.” From the Hardcover edition.
To liberals, A Conservative's Book of Proverbs, Parables and Prophecies is a book filled with hundreds of micro-aggressions. What a liberal calls a micro-aggression, a conservative calls good old fashioned “horse sense”. The author will use this “horse sense” to answer many of the unanswerable questions that has plagued the great philosophers of liberal history. Questions like: What is the meaning of life and what is the purpose for living? Is there life after death? Does God exist? If so, why would a God of love create death? Is God political? If so, is he a liberal or a conservative? What is the Kingdom of God? Is it a paradise on earth or is it in Heaven? What is the mark of God, the mark of man and the mark of the beast? Will there ever be peace on earth? If so how will it come? If the Gospel is good news, why is so much Bible prophecy bad news? These and other deep questions will be answered in this book. But the main purpose of this book is to give conservatives a hope in a bright future. And a faith to weather the liberal storm that will come before that bright future comes. A Conservative's Book of Proverbs, Parables and Prophecies will give the average Joe some insights on how to take on the liberal propaganda machine. If that average Joe can take on the demonizing liberal propaganda machine, then maybe the leadership of the Republican Party will have the courage to do the same. America needs the leadership of conservative average Joes to lead us out of our liberal funk. If America will repent of its liberal sins, then God will bless America again
How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
Author: Margaret Hoover
Publisher: Crown Forum
Category: Political Science
Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party. She grew up a self-described “ditto head.” She worked in the White House for President George W. Bush. Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly champions the conservative cause. She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the thirty-first president of the United States, Herbert Hoover. These impeccable conservative credentials underscore the gravity of her deep-seated concerns about the future of the Republican Party. Her party, she believes, has fallen dangerously out of step with the rising generation of young Americans. In American Individualism, Margaret Hoover chal-lenges the up-and-coming millennial generation to take another look at the Republican Party. Although millennials rarely identify themselves as Republicans, Hoover contends that these young men and women who helped elect President Barack Obama are sympathetic to the fundamental principles of conservatism. She makes a compelling case for how the GOP can right itself and capture the allegiance of this group. She believes that her party is uniquely positioned to offer solutions for the most pressing problems facing America—skyrocketing debt and deficits, crises in education and immigration, a war against Islamist supremacy—but that it is held back by the outsize influence within the party of social and religious conservatives. American Individualism is Hoover’s call to action for Republicans to embrace a conservatism that emphasizes individual freedom both in economic policy and in the realm of social issues in order to appeal to the new generation of voters. The Republican Party, Hoover asserts, can win the support of the millennials while at the same time remaining faithful to conservative principles. In a journey that is both political and personal, Hoover rediscovers these bedrock conservative values in the writings of her great-grandfather, President Herbert Hoover, who emphasized the vital importance of individual freedom to the American way of life and who sought to strike a delicate balance in identifying the limited yet essential role the federal government should play in the lives of Americans. Margaret Hoover advocates a conservatism that is fully consistent with the original impulses of the American conservative movement. It evokes her great-grandfather’s emphasis on the values of civic responsibility and service to others—instincts instilled in the millennial generation. She argues that the Republican Party today must evolve in order to achieve greatness, and that it can do so without compromising its tried-and-true fundamental principles. On the contrary, those enduring principles, if consistently applied, will enable the party to attract a younger following. An impassioned and persuasive political manifesto grounded in twentieth-century history and targeted at the most perplexing problems of the twenty-first century, Margaret Hoover’s American Individualism offers provocative ideas not just for reinvigorating the Republican Party but also for strengthening America in the decades ahead.