If you answered yes to any of those questions, I'm here to recommend a book to give you hope.
The Conservatarian Manifesto clearly articulates where the Republican party came from, why it holds to the ideals it espouses, where it went wrong, and how to fix it.
Honestly, when I picked out The Conservatarian Manifesto to read it was partly because of the descriptive word "Conservatarian", partly because of all of the smaller words on the cover, and partly because it rather seemed modeled after the Communist Manifesto. After I got the book I started worrying that it would be dry, boring, academic, theoretical.
Mercifully, it was the opposite.
Cooke does a fantastic job of outlining just why so many people on the Right feel left out by the Republican party. He outlines ways the Republican party can get back to their core mission - a small, federal government that leaves most decisions to the state and local levels of government. He hits on the current weakness of the party, federalism, government itself, the "big deal" about the Constitution, guns, drugs, social issues, immigration, and the future of the party. Even when you disagree with him - and you probably will at some point - the points he makes are worth giving serious thought and consideration.
This work is obviously not a slapped together job, but one that is the byproduct of much thought and deliberation. The great irony is that Cooke's outline to save the Right and make it culturally viable again, without compromise, is coming from an immigrated atheist from Britain who won't become a naturalized citizen for another three years!
The book is easy to read and thought provoking. More than that, it gives people like me hope that maybe America can be turned around and reclaimed, becoming once again the great nation she used to be.
I highly recommend this book. While it likely won't become a classic, it is obviously directed to the specific political situation of today, it will stand as a polemic to the current state of things and a commentary on this era. Time will tell if it will be an unheeded warning or part of the turning tide.
Solid 4 of 5 stars.
PS - For those who care, he does use occasional language.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
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