on Conservatism

1. The Political Economy of Liberal Corporatism, Joseph R. Stromberg
2. The Rockefeller File, Gary Allen.
3. The Triumph of Conservatism, Gabriel Kolko, 1963.
4. Left & Right: The Prospect of Liberty, Murray Rothbard.
5. The Ruling Class, Angelo Codevilla.
6. Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism, Gary North.
“God-fearing Christian Americans have been told that the Constitution teaches the absolute separation of Church and State. They have been told correctly. But what they have not been told is precisely where it says this. It does not say this in the First amendment. The First amendment says only that Congress shall make no law regarding religion or the free exercise thereof. So, where does the Constitution prohibit a Christian America? In a section that has been ignored by scholars for so long that it is virtually never discussed-the key provision that transformed American into a secular humanist nation. But it took 173 years to do this: from 1788 until 1961.”
7. Conservatism: A Phony Movement?
Charles Burris explains: “What most Americans mistakenly regard today as the “Conservative movement” has undergone many convoluted and dramatic transformations over the past sixty years. Perhaps the most keen observer has been Murray N. Rothbard, the internationally acclaimed economist and historian. How this disinformation process began is detailed in three insightful articles, “Life in the Old Right,” “The Foreign Policy of the OldRight,” and “The Transformation of the American Right,” available online. However, Rothbard’s long-awaited book, The Betrayal of the American Right, tells the full story of how this subversive movement at war with American liberties and the rule of law, came about. “Conservatism,” since the days of Burke and Robespierre, has stood for the status quo and an apologia for tyranny.”
8.  A Choice, Not an Echo, Phyllis Schlafly, 1964.
9.  The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater, 1960.
10.  The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot, Russell Kirk, 2001.
11.  Why Hayek Is a Conservative, Bloom
12.  Russell Kirk: American Conservative, Bradley Birzer, 2015.  Birzer is the co-founder of the Imaginative Conservative.  He’s written a number of books, The American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll (Lives of the Founding Fathers, 2010, and others.
13.  J. R. R. Tolkien, Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth, Bradley Birzer, 2014.
14.  With No Apologies, Barry Goldwater, 1955.
15.  The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, George H. Nash, 1976.
16.  Statecraft As Soulcraft: What Government Does, George F. Will, 1983.  Creepy.
17.  by Charles Burris, Sunday, June 4, 2017.

While over many decades there have been innumerable volumes published on Conservatism, tracing its earliest origins, multifaceted ideological character and ever-shifting beliefs over time, two sets of books have proven indispensable in helping me to understand and define its essence and make-up. Most of this important material is unknown to contemporary individuals who self-label themselves as “Conservative,” and identify with such persons as O’Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Levin, Limbaugh, Savage, or other media talking heads. They are “reactionaries” in the truest sense. for their shallow, ahistorical conception of what it means to be a “Conservative” is more a gut-level reaction or emotive response to the imbecilities of the Left rather than a carefully thought out set of principles.

Many would no doubt assert that Russell Kirk is the uncle of that Star Trek guy.

But the two sets of in-depth, scholarly books presented here address these gaping deficiencies: Peter Witonski, The Wisdom of Conservatism (four volumes); and W. H. Greenleaf’s magisterial three volume set on The British Political Tradition: Volume One: The Rise of Collectivism; Volume Two: The Ideological Heritage; and Volume Three: A Much Governed Nation. Greenleaf’s series is especially useful and intellectually intriguing because he explicitly characterizes the long-range ideological struggle as one between libertarianism versus collectivism.
18.  Build a Foundation of Conservatisim with these 10 Books from ISI, the Intercollegiate Society of Individuals.  This list was put together by Gary North

from Tom Woods Podcasts

There are so many podcast episodes that come out of Tom Woods and TomWoods.com that saying “This is the best podcast ever” loses its meaning . . . but only a bit. He highlights a talk he gave at a Mises Institution Conference on fascism on the how the leader is the embodiment of the people’s will and the infatuation of executive power, in particular of the conservative movement, and he was talking about that as an undesirable aspects of mainstream conservatism.  He quotes regularly from Robert Nisbet.  He quotes often from Nisbet’s Twilight of Authority.  See some terrific quotes from Nisbet here

The introductory note at the Mises Institute gives this description of Nisbet

Robert Nisbet (1913–1996), the eminent sociologist, taught at Columbia University and made his mark on intellectual life through observing the intermediating structures in society that serve as a bulwark between the individual and the state. He was known as a conservative, and his work is on every list of conservative contributions to the social sciences, but far from being a typical conservative, he blasted conservatism as a species of militarist and invasive interventionism, one that abused people’s public and private pieties in the service of a ghastly civic ethic of statism. He is the author of The Present Age: Progress and Anarchy in Modern America and Twilight of Authority.

Following his opening quotation, Tom Woods references George H. Nash’s book, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, 2006.