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.