The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back

The Conservative Soul How We Lost It How to Get It Back what does it mean to be a conservative any With the Iraq war the rise of Christian fundamentalism exploding government spending soaring debt insecure borders and an executive branch with greater

  • Title: The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back
  • Author: Andrew Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780060188771
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • what does it mean to be a conservative any With the Iraq war, the rise of Christian fundamentalism, exploding government spending, soaring debt, insecure borders, and an executive branch with greater and greater power, Republicans and conservatives are debating this question with and urgency.The contradictions keep mounting Today s conservatives support thewhat does it mean to be a conservative any With the Iraq war, the rise of Christian fundamentalism, exploding government spending, soaring debt, insecure borders, and an executive branch with greater and greater power, Republicans and conservatives are debating this question with and urgency.The contradictions keep mounting Today s conservatives support the idea of limited government, but they have increased government s size, power, and reach to new heights They believe in balanced budgets, but they have boosted government spending, debt, and pork to record levels They believe in individual liberty and the rule of law, but they have condoned torture, ignored laws passed by Congress, and been indicted for bribery They have substituted religion for politics, and damaged both.In The Conservative Soul, Andrew Sullivan, one of the nation s leading political commentators, makes an impassioned call to rescue conservatism from the excesses of the Republican far right, which risks making the GOP the first fundamentally religious party in American history Through an incisive look at the rise of Western fundamentalism, Sullivan argues that conservatives cannot in good conscience keep supporting a party that believes in its own God given mission to change people s souls, instead of protecting their liberties He carefully charts the arguments of the new conservatism, showing why they cannot work in today s America, why they fail the test of logic and pragmatism, and why they betray the conservative tradition from Edmund Burke to Ronald Reagan.In this bold and powerful book, Andrew Sullivan criticizes our government for acting too often, too quickly, and too expensively He champions a political philosophy based on skepticism and reason, rather than certainty and fundamentalism He defends a Christianity that is sincere but not intolerant, and a politics that respects religion by keeping its distance And he makes a provocative, heartfelt case for a revived conservatism at peace with the modern world, dedicated to restraining government and empowering individuals to live rich and fulfilling lives.

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    1. Andrew Sullivan

      Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British blogger, author, and political commentator He is a speaker at universities, colleges, and civic organizations in the United States, and a guest on national news and political commentary television shows in the United States and Europe Born and raised in England, he has lived in the United States since 1984 and currently resides in Washington, D.C and Provincetown, Massachusetts.Sullivan is sometimes considered a pioneer in political weblog journalism, since he was one of the first prominent political journalists in the United States to start his own personal blog Sullivan wrote his blog for a year at Time Magazine, shifting on 1 February 2007 to The Atlantic, where it received approximately 40 million page views in the first year He is the former editor of The New Republic.

    812 thoughts on “The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back”

    1. This thoughtful book-length essay contrasts Sullivan's conservative vision with the attitudes of the theo-conservative and neo-conservative--neither of which Sullivan considers to be real conservatives at all. Inspired by the essays of Montaigne and the philosophical disquisitions of Michael Oakeshott, Sullivan argues that the basis of true conservatism is doubt itself, and the healthy suspicion of ideological certainty and ambitious social projects which naturally flows from it. By contrast, th [...]

    2. Sullivan takes stock of modern conservatism and looks at how it has strayed from it philosophical roots as a champion of small government and individual rights, to a practitioner of big government, fiscal irresponsibility, religious fundamentalism, and nanny statism. Many younger readers, such as myself, who have come to associate conservatism with the warped modern iteration ushered in by Bush 43, might be surprised after reading this that they consider themselves conservatives. I prefer classi [...]

    3. I picked up this book expecting it to be mostly uninteresting, expecting to skim it in an hour and be done. Instead, I found it fascinating, nothing like the title or cover or description suggested - and I soaked it in over the course of a month. Surprisingly, this book is as much about faith as it is politics. I gained tremendous respect for the author in how he treated both the good and bad potential for faith, always showing respect, never throwing the "baby out with the bathwater." And I hav [...]

    4. An outstanding read, hard to put down, Conservatism is presented in the the clearest writing yet. Gay and Roman Catholic, Sullivan writes his from his heart and mind and presents the dangers of fundamnentalism in all its forms and makes one proud of the wisdom and brilliance and fairness of our Founding Fathers, whose thought is presented in an election today would be political suicide. A great book, hard to put down

    5. "The Conservative Soul" is a call for all, but especially those who self-apply the term "conservative", to return to a combination of economic liberalism, fiscal restraint, and socio-philosophical skepticism. I'm not sure I would identify that as any kind of "conservative" I've ever known, but it certainly overlaps a lot with the values I identify with.Sullivan is basically calling for an embrace, or re-embrace as he would have it, of a kind of moderate liberalism (lowercase "l") with an extra d [...]

    6. I have long been a fan of The Daily Dish, Sullivan's blog which is hosted at the Atlantic website. To me Sullivan is the antithesis to much of the polemical and ideological rant which passes for political discourse in the media, both in the main stream press and the blogosphere.Having been raised in a fairly political family and for many years holding what I believed were conservative beliefs, the rise of fundamentalism as a core principle of the Republican party has been difficult for me to und [...]

    7. I've been watching Andrew Sullivan's appearances on Meet the Press for years and I often agree with what he has to say but could never figure him out - an outspoken gay Republican? I just came across this book, written by Sullivan, and thought it sounded interesting. I love the opening paragraph:"All conservatism begins with loss.If we never knew loss, we would never feel the need to conserve, which is the essence of any conservatism. Our lives, a series of unconnected moments of experience, wou [...]

    8. Interesting, thought-provoking book. The first half was basically how fundamentalism -- Islamic, Christian, or even secular -- is antithetical to liberty and should not be allowed influence in govt, and I certainly agree with that. The second half meandered more. He discusses a few philosophers I've never read, so I have no idea whether his interpretations of their work are sound. He mostly seems to end up arguing for pragmatism over ideology, which I also support and would love to see more of. [...]

    9. Great book on how the republican party was hijacked by fundamentalist theocrats and neocons. It finishes with a description of a conservative philosophy based on skepticism, individual freedoms, and limited governement. A little bit wordy and philosophical at times but definitely gives a solid logical foundation for everything it says and does a good job of quoting from primary sources. What I really liked is that i have had a hard time understanding the religious right mindset and the author do [...]

    10. My oldest grandson's friend recommended this book to him, so I thought I'd read it too. I am a "tried and true" liberal, but I wanted to know more about conservatives and why the twain doesn't meet. I read that conservatives are individuals who believe in pursuing happiness by themselves in whatever direction life leads them. They want to do this with as little intervention from the government as possible. Some exceptions would be the provision of schools so that everyone is able to receive a go [...]

    11. Reading with yellow sticky notes in hand to respond to (read: take apart) Sullivan's argument. (Then John will read the book with my opinions already in it. A perfect system!) Sullivan's points about the dangers of religious fundamentalism are sound, but his definition of conservatism as nostalgia for a lost past troubles when the past is a white, imperialist patriarchy. He also uses Soviet Communism to attack British/American liberalism. This is an erroneous pairing; to be a liberal in capitali [...]

    12. Grew up rather a liberal, myself, but as I moved into the work world found myself thinking of things differently than my parents even while feeling embarrassed during Reagan years.Never thought of myself as a conservative, emphatically not during 90's and onward as that term grew to mean more and more things I scorn, but once I started reading Sullivan's blog I wanted to know more: a gay Catholic conservative who loves South Park? With his English education and the confidence to change his mind, [...]

    13. This was my recommendation for my book club. Sullivan is a deep thinker and a wonderful writer. I love good writing, and Sullivan almost wooed me over to the dark side :) We are of similar opinions about the religious right and their negative influence on society and discourse; he has the chops to back up his opinions. Many so-called conservatives might be surprised at how thoroughly Sullivan dismisses them as not-conservative. This is not a quick read. The subject matter is dense. I'm going to [...]

    14. I love Sullivan's blog, but even there he tends to build up a head of steam and get lost in it, as in this book. I suppose I don't mind getting carried away with him, but I have a harder time when he starts saying the same thing over and over, albeit in different ways. But his basic insights are thoughtful and unique and definitely worth checking out, especially if, like me, you've ever spent (tooooo much) time trying to convince a Republican that Bush and the neo-cons have lost the plot entirel [...]

    15. Andrew Sullivan makes a case for doubt-based conservatism of the Eisenhower variety in light of the challenge of fundamentalism - of the Christian, Islamic, and even Marxist variety. While his analysis of Bush's presidency primarily rehashes what many others have written, his analysis of what he terms the "fundamentalist psyche" and the "theoconservative project" breaks new ground. I found parts 1 and 2 of his chapter on the "conservatism of doubt" particularly wonderful.

    16. I read this when it first came out and decided to read it again after watching the GOP fall victim to its orthodoxy. Sullivan drives me nuts at times, especially because he's become such an unabashed cheerleader for Obama, but the main thrust of this book is on target. Conservatives have gone from being skeptics and realists to fundamentalists in their politics.

    17. Finally, someone validates that I'm not crazy. There are so many quote unquote liberals in this country that are simultaneously conservative but see no traces of themselves in the philosophy of the current Republican party. This is an intellectual masterpiece that dissects every corner of this issue, from religion to sexuality to family structure and everything in between.

    18. I have enjoyed reading Andrew Sullivan's blog and find The Conservative Soul a fascinating book that explains the differences between conservatism from fundamentalism. Though he is a conservative, he is critical of modern day 'conservatives' that support big spending, loss of personal liberty, and even bigger gov't. The core of his conservative believe is the individual!

    19. Loved it alone for it's vivid description of Fundamentalism as well as the beautiful writing about the design of America's system of government. Man, what I wouldn't give for some classical Conservatives around here.

    20. Awesome. Excellent contemporary commentary on what "conservative" means with respect to the Bush administration and the Bible belt. Sound, thorough, and well argued. Sullivan leaves little left to argue about but everything to question.

    21. Started off well in relating how American politics has become so polarized, but the second half was pretty dull -- if you're into discussions of Montaigne, Oakeshott, et als this is your book!

    22. a blah blah blah pedestrian defense of a very peculiar brand of conservatism. One finds oneself agreeing with Sullivan's conclusions but cringing at the self-serving and ultimately self-centered arguments that undergird them.

    23. This book changed the way I think about American politics. Sullivan is very intelligent and very hard to pigeonhole. I also highly recommend his blog: andrewsullivan.

    24. amazing what a real conservative is. Andrew Sullivan guest on sunday morning political shows often and I really realate to his point of view.

    25. An interesting account of conservatism's decline from a gay conservative. Interesting if it wasn't so infuriating. But that's what makes it good! ;-)

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