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- DescriptionOriginating in Hoover Institution discussions held under the auspices of the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, Conserving Liberty defends the principles of American conservatism, clarifying many of the narrow or mistaken views that have arisen from both its friends and its foes. Author Mark Blitz asserts that individual liberty is the most powerful, reliable, and true standpoint from which to clarify and secure conservatism--but that individual freedom alone cant produce happiness. He shows that, to fully grasp conservatism's merits, we must we also understand the substance of responsibility, toleration and other virtues, traditional institutions, individual excellence, and self-government. Blitz first sketches the elements of conservatism that appeal to individuals, reminding us that to consider ourselves first of all as free individuals and t in group, class, racial, or gender terms is the heart of American conservatism's strength. He then shows that we need certain virtues to secure our rights and use them successfully--responsibility being the chief among these virtues. The author also explains how institutional authority works, why it is necessary, and where it supports the intellectually and morally excellent. He clarifies how natural rights and their associated virtues can be a base from which to secure and preserve necessary institutions.
- Author BiographyMark Blitz is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
- Author(s)Mark Blitz
- PublisherHoover Institution Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/06/2011
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationStanford
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHoover Institution Press,U.S.
- Weight456 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
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