Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back

Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back


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Defining Conservatism is a passionate appeal to a political movement that is re-examining its identity as Republicans set their sights on 2010 and beyond. A dedicated young conservative, Jonathan Krohn presents conservative philoso¬phy’s basic tenets in this remarkably earnest and impeccably reasoned primer. This book, clear and informative, is a history lesson, a manifesto, and a roadmap for the future. It is Krohn’s rallying call to action not just for conservatives, but for anyone interested in the political state of our nation.

In Defining Conservatism, Krohn challenges “government expansionists,” whose faith in Wash¬ington and the basic pillars of government exceeds their faith in the individual. At the same time, he boldly stakes out four unshakeable principles for conservatives to rally around:

? Respect for the Constitution
? Respect for human life
? Belief in minimalist government
? Insistence upon personal responsibility

Anyone interested in the basic differences between conservative and liberal thought will find Krohn’s writing at once compelling, informa¬tive, intelligent, and—for those who do not agree with him—in some respects controversial. Defining Conservatism is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the basic principles upon which the United States was founded, and perhaps most importantly, for anyone who is concerned with the future of this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593156015
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Krohn is a columnist, author, speaker, and political analyst. He previously has been a weekly guest columnist for Human Events. After speaking at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, Jonathan has since spoken at numerous events for the Republican Party, as well as events for conservatives across the country. He has also taken an active role in the Tea Parties, from speaking at the Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party to the Tea Party in Washington, D.C. Jonathan has been featured in political discussions on numerous television shows — The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, among others — as well as numerous radio shows, including but not limited to The Mike Gallagher Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, and The Mark Levin Show. He has formerly participated in a weekly radio spot with WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland. Jonathan is also a contributing writer for Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions. He currently resides with his family in Georgia.

Table of Contents

Foreword William Bennett xi

Preface xvii

Book 1 Basic Political Philosophy

1 Meditations on the Mind of a Government Expansionist 3

Basic Expansionism and the Modern Left's Agenda 3

Marxian Law and the Synthetic Law on Which It Is Based 5

Revolutionism 8

The Marxist's Ideal Citizenry 10

Utopianism 12

2 Conservative Philosophy in General 15

The Basis of Conservative Philosophy 15

The Natural Law and Logic 17

Morality 20

Book 2 The Rule of Law and the American Constitution

3 Defining Rule by Law 27

What Is a Rule of Law? 27

4 Conservatives and the Bench: Judicial Philosophy and the Idea of Strict Constructionism 33

Judicial Philosophy 33

The Basis of Conservative Legal Philosophy 34

Judicial Activism 36

Conservative Judicial Philosophy 38

Judicial Activism Versus Strict Constructionism 40

5 Rights and Independent States 43

The States 43

Independence 44

States' Rights Versus Government Expansionism 46

6 On Governmental Boundaries 49

Introduction 49

Constitutional Boundaries and Justice 50

Specifics on Governmental Boundaries 51

Book 3 Human Life

7 What Is Life? 59

The Purpose of Life 61

The Value of Life 63

8 Views and Values 65

Life Is Universal 65

"Do What Is Right and Not What Is Wrong" 67

The Value of the Individual in General 67

9 When Does Life Begin? And Other Issues on the Right of the Individual to Have Life 69

The Personhood Question 69

To Change a People, and How to Fix Their Minds on Something Other Than Morality 70

The "Inconvenient" Pregnancy 71

States' Rights and Life 73

Book 4 Limited Government

10 A Private and Public Sector: And the Necessity Thereof 79

Limited Government as Naturally Created: An Introduction to the Private and Public Sectors 79

The Private and Public Sector on Wealth Creation 80

Property Rights and the Two Sectors 82

Freedom and the Two Sectors 84

11 Economic Principles, Stability, and Strength: Political Economy and Its Important Relationship to Limited Government 89

On Political Economy 89

The Production of Wealth 91

The Ideal of Capitalism 93

12 Social Theory and Limited Government 97

Social Theory: Not Necessarily That Which Is Written, but Always That Which Is Known 97

Social Theory and the Victim Mentality 99

Social Theory on That Which Is Typically Referred to as the Social Issue 103

13 National Defense and Limited Government 107

Laws and Theories of Opposition, and the Foundation and Necessity of the Security of the State 107

National Defense 110

Conclusion 111

Book 5 Personal Responsibility and Individualism

14 Individualism 115

Individualism Versus Victimization 115

Individual Versus Universal 120

The Foundations of the Individual 122

Individualism and Personal Responsibility 123

15 Help Versus Protect: What Is the Government's Real Role? 127

To Help the Individual 127

To Protect the Individual 132

Epilogue: America and Conservatism 135

Acknowledgments 137

Notes 139

Index 147

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Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bokai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I pick up books I'm pretty sure I won't agree with. If I'm right I get to enjoy a bout of indignant rage. If I'm wrong I've learned something. Turns out I was dead right about this book.Jonathan Krohn is a 14 year old who sets out to define the conservative philosophy, but spends most of the time talking about the evils of leftist expansionalists. His basic premise is that conservatives are united in their beliefs in morality, natural law, and history, and all policy debate should come back to those points. The natural extension of this claim is that if you are not conservative you do not believe in morality, natural law, or history, and Krohn reiterates this over and over again. Expansionists are not in conflict with conservatives because they interpret reality or truth differently, they're against conservatives because the very concept of truth or morality is a hindrance to their ultimate goal of absolute federal expansion. Note that I am not saying liberals. That word doesn't show up in the book. From the start Krohn sets up a dichotomy in which there is only the diverse but fundamentally united conservative bloc, and then there is the leftists who want to steal your money and spread the wealth. The liberal who believes in small government does not exist in Krohn's world. I raged pretty hard throughout this book. From claiming that individual rights were paramount and then bewailing the Prop 22 decision that interpreted the constitution in favor of such rights, to asserting that victims of discrimination were simply cowards who wanted daddy government to take care of everything for them, there was very little that Kohn said that I didn't think ignorant, hypocritical, or just plain naive. What few policy examples he provided to support his assertions on the conservative ideals were often flimsy or didn't actually serve as proof of those ideals. Although he repeated again and again that the conservative philosophy was one of truth and logic, the logic of the book was entirely self contained, and would shatter the moment it touched the reality of our political and social environment. For a 14 year old Krohn is literate, which is kind of nice, but I think it a little sad that there are people out there who thought this book worthy of being published. Any serious conservative would immediately see how shallow Krohn's arguments are, and how he has done little more than rehash the most basic arguments of some of the worst conservatism has to offer. I was expecting what I got, so it would by remiss of me to claim disappointment. Still, there is more to conservatism than vilifying the people who disagree with you. If Krohn cannot define conservatism without spending the majority of his time talking about the boogiman of the totalitarian Marxist state I don't think he has anything substantive to offer.
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kwnorth More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great for young and old.
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pattielea More than 1 year ago
I was taken aback by the intellectual stimulation of Defining Conservatism. I would read a few pages and put the book down to assimilate all that I had read. This young man, Jonathan Krohn, is a historical and political genius. He has put his finger on the very pulse of our nation which he loves. May everyone who reads this book have their eyes and hearts opened to truth and solutions to our nation's woes. And may there be someone (or several someones) who will pick up the torch of our founding fathers and run with it.
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"defining conservatism" is a very remarkable book that is very hard to put down. the arthur has done a great job setting the record straight just what republicans need to win there country back and win their elections. this bestseller is a special blueprint that outlines what is needed to do for the goverment to get their act back together and for the voters to have there values back. what the writer spells out what needs to be done is to have respect for the constution and respect for life and responsibility and the goverment getting out of our lifes. too many politicans dont want to take a stand for values or principles this shows what we need to look for in the upcoming elections great gift idea for family and friends.