Thursday, May 30, 2013

Goldwater and the Conscience of a Conservative

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I am not sure why it took me so long to read Barry Goldwater's "The Conscience of a Conservative."  I tore through it in one sitting.  

Here are a few gems:
"The root difference between the Conservatives and the Liberals of today is that Conservatives take account of the whole man, while the Liberals tend to look only at the material side of man's nature.  The Conservative believes that man is, in part, economic, an animal creature; but that he is also a spiritual creature with spiritual needs and spiritual desires. " - Barry Goldwater
"Surely the first obligation of a political thinker is to understand the nature of man.  The Conservative does not claim special powers of perception on this point, but he does claim a familiarity with accumulated wisdom and experience of history, and he is not too proud to learn from the great minds of the past." - Barry Goldwater   

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