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ERIC Number: EJ871017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0146-5945
Constitutional Conservatism
Berkowitz, Peter
Policy Review, n153 Feb-Mar 2009
After their dismal performance in election 2008, conservatives are taking stock. As they examine the causes that have driven them into the political wilderness and as they explore paths out, they should also take heart. After all, election 2008 shows that America's constitutional order is working as designed. Indeed, while sorting out their errors and considering their options, conservatives of all stripes would be well advised to concentrate their attention on the constitutional order and the principles that undergird it, because conserving them should be their paramount political priority. A constitutional conservatism puts liberty first and teaches the indispensableness of moderation in securing, preserving, and extending its blessings. Rallying around a constitutional conservatism is a wise and winning strategy. Elaborated and applied in the spirit of moderation out of which they were originally fashioned, the principles of a constitutional conservatism are crucial to the restoration of an electorally viable and politically responsible conservatism. The author talks about constitutional conservatism, describes its principles and discusses how it provides a sturdy framework for developing a distinctive agenda to confront today's challenges--an agenda that social conservatives and libertarian conservatives, consistent with their highest hopes, can both embrace.
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 21 Dupont Circle NW Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 877-558-3727; Tel: 202-466-6730; Fax: 202-466-6733; e-mail: polrev@hoover.stanford.edu; Web site: http://www.hoover.org/publications/policyreview/about
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States