The Conscience of a Conservative

For reasons now forgotten this book ended up on my “be-on-the-lookout-for” reading list. When I came across a copy for 60 cents recently I picked it up. Apart from the 15 page introduction by Pat Buchanan, Goldwater’s book is a short 117 pages. Goldwater was before my time and for years the only thing I identified with him on was that we were both “Ham Radio” operators.

Using modern labels, I’m probably more of an a-political Libertarian but this book made me think. Written in a no nonsense style Goldwater makes his case and made me wonder “what if?”. Recommended to anyone who takes any side in the “us versus them” arena of politics. The longest section of the book, “The Soviet Menace”, is of course dated, but Goldwater did foresee the “internal disintegration of the Communist empire”. All other topics are still very relevant today.

What I find really interesting is that I can read both Abbie Hoffman and Barry Goldwater and come away stimulated(in a positive way) by their respective philosophies.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to The Conscience of a Conservative

  1. joebanks says:

    Goldwater was strongly conservative but he wasn’t a religious zealot. I believe he probably did not consider the other party the enemy but people he had to work with.

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