The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times

The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times➜ [Epub] ❧ The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times By Jeffrey Hart ➦ – National Review has been the leading conservative national magazine since it was founded in 1955 and in that capacity it has played a decisive role in shaping the conservative movement in the United S National Review has been the leading conservative national of the MOBI õ magazine since it was founded in and in that capacity it has played a decisive role in shaping the conservative movement in the United States In The Making of the American Conservative Mind Jeffrey Hart provides an authoritative and high spirited history of how the magazine has come to define and defend conservatism The Making PDF or for the past fifty years He also gives a firsthand account of the thought and sometimes colorful personalities including James Burnham Willmoore Kendall Russell Kirk Frank Meyer William Rusher Priscilla Buckley Gerhart Niemeyer and of course the magazine's founder William F Buckley Jr who contributed to National Review's life and wide influence As Hart sees it. Hart provides an interesting view of post WWII conservatism in the United States Perhaps most interesting are his discussions of the various strands of conservatism and their varying visions of life Hart himself opposes all forms of utopianism He believes that the nation state though imperfect is a necessary good Along with this he believes that national defense is also necessary; it is utopian to think otherwise But he also thinks it is utopian to think the United States can use its military power to bring democracy to the world He prefers constitutional government to majority rule; Hart is not overly sympathetic to populism He favors free market economies—but not when they become a utopian ideal that overrules all other values Hart believes that the conservative should value beauty and should seek to conserve good literature art architecture and nature Hart favors traditional religion he is himself a Catholic but not one who accepts the infallibility of the magisterium; he denies that evangelical religion is conservative and he prefers a libertarian stance on moral issues Thus while he grants that Roe v Wade was certainly an example of judicial overreach he also avers that simply to pull an abstract 'right to life' out of the Declaration of Independence as some conservatives do is not conservative but Jacobinical He sees little value in seeking to overturn Roe v WadeThe value in Hart's book is the unfolding that twentieth century and now twenty first century conservatism is not a single thing There are a diversity of conservative views all with points of contact and commonalities that allow them to be grouped as conservative but with profound differences as well This means the Christian cannot simply identify himself as a conservative but must specify what kind and in what ways the Christian worldview aligns or does not align with a conservative worldview Hart a National Review editor and contributor chronicles 50 years of the notable conservative magazine profiling editors and major writers and recounting the NR's opinion of 10 Presidents from Eisenhower to George W Bush He reminds us of a time we have forgotten if we ever knew it when liberal thought dominated both Republican and Democrat parties global communism was active in the United States and the idea of conservatives having an influence on public policy was something that founder William F Buckley and his team didn't expect to see in their lifetimesThe goal was realized in the Presidency of Ronald Reagan Hart gives him 49 of the book's 368 pages and considers him one of the great Presidents of the 20th century naming FDR and Eisenhower as the other two The National Review found great fault with Eisenhower but Hart shows him to be cunning and effective behind the mask of the amiable homespun rube pointing out that what he didn't do intervene in Hungary and Suez was as important as what he didThe profiles of some of the NR's personalities can be fascinating consider that of Russell Kirk which especially appealed to meuoting KirkSo far as I know I am the only American who holds the St Andrews doctor of letters and I am uite sure that I am the only person who has been capped with the cap of John Knox literally and hooded with the hood of St Ignatius of Loyola Kirk was something of an anachronist wore a cape and refused to use some technology and philosophically had sympathy for the Southern AgrariansHart is a conservative and criticizes the Supreme Court moving into areas that should be left to the legislature He also sees the need for two strong political parties and was glad to see the Democrats recover from their lunge away from the mainstream with George McGovern in 1972 He is bordering on critical of the National Review in recent times pointing out that they weren't being intellectually honest when criticizing Clinton's tax increase and then arguing that the good economy under Clinton was due to George Bush Sr whose tax increase they opposed as bad for the economy The magazine appeared to be dogmatically against raising taxes whatever the circumstances and whatever the deficit That is National Review on the grounds that lower taxes meant less government always supported tax cuts But in the real world Americans wanted such programs as Medicare and Social Security and these had to be paid forwas NR losing its independent critical edge?His analysis via Norman Podhoretz of Clinton's success is hilarious If he had not been so great a liar he would not have been able to get away not only with his own private sins but with the political insults he was administering to some of his core constituenciesAnd so through a kind of political and psychological jujitsu it came to pass that Clinton's worst ualities were what enabled him to accomplish something goodI highly recommend The Making of the American Conservative Mind It has helped me understand the different philosophical groups that make up the Republican Party It is no betrayal of principal for a faction within the party to attack President Obama as a liberal for following the policies of Dwight Eisenhower; this group saw Eisenhower as a liberal and he governed as one at a time when the Republican party was controlled by East Coast liberal elites Buckley didn't vote in the 1956 election because he could not support Eisenhower But the National Review and Buckley prized intellectualism clear thinking and reliance on facts rather than ideology They also came to see the limits of their conservatism with a society that functions by consensus Reagan was about as far as it went And this was not the Reagan who lost the 1976 New Hampshire primary to Ford because he promised to trim 90 billion 1976 dollars from the federal budget and planned to pay for it by cutting off the federal subsidy allowing states to pay for whatever programs they wanted with their own revenue meaning New Hampshire would have had an income tax or no schools This was the Reagan who had learned from that experience that while Americans like the idea of self reliance they also expect certain things in the social environment that only government provides This is a history of The National Review from its founding by William F Buckley to the present It is also much than that because the NR chronicled the rebirth and rise of the modern Conservative movement in AmericaDuring part of this time Jeffrey Hart was a writer and editor at the NR and his history has insights into the politics of an era and the individuals who shaped and defined it Today there is a lot of confusion over what a Conservative is but in Hart's excellent narrative you can see it and appreciate it for its intellectual rigor and the basic political heritage that underlies conservatismThere is much to appreciate and learn and a wealth of detail that is not found in the talking heads of the present These were men of principle and visionThe paperback is revised and updated to include Hart's appraisal of the end of the clinton era and the Bush Administration This is frank and unflattering but it rounds out the Making of the American Conservative Mind in an exceptional way this book explains all the politics of the conservatives and the role of Bill Buckly's National Review Some of it is astounding i never new how radical they were anti civil rights for one

The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National
  • Paperback
  • 425 pages
  • The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times
  • Jeffrey Hart
  • English
  • 10 February 2016
  • 9781933859132