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letters to a young conservative

I was watching an episode of Stossel last week on the Fox Business Network and there was a panel made up of libertarians in a particular segment. As a conservative they said some things I agreed with and they said some things I was not sure about as well as some ideas I absolutely opposed.

After the segment I did something I had done quite often which was to pick up Dinesh D’Souza’s book, Letters to a Young Conservative.

This book is necessary for conservatives of all ages. In each chapter D’Souza writes a fictional character advising the character on different political issues from a conservative perspective.

Here are a few chapter titles…

  • “Why Professors Are So Left-Wing”
  • “More Guns, Less Crime”
  • “Against Gay Marriage”
  • “Speaking As a Former Fetus…”
  • “Authentic vs. Bogus Multiculturalism”

It is a great book not only because the content is enlightening, but also because each chapter is separate therefore you can skip around throughout the book and not miss anything.

After watching Stossel I turned to the second chapter in the book, “The Libertarian Temptation.” In this chapter D’Souza argues why conservatism is a better option than libertarianism.

Consider an example that contrasts the conservative and libertarian views of freedom. If you said to a libertarian, “What if 300 million Americans opt to become pornographers like Larry Flynt? Would that constitute a good society?” While the conservative would emphatically answer no, the pure libertarian would have to answer yes, because these people have chosen freely. As this example illustrates, libertarianism is a philosophy of choice without political concern for what people actually choose. Thus, although many libertarians live virtuously, libertarianism as a philosophy is indifferent to virtue. In this respect it differs markedly from conservatism.

being a conservative on a college campus

“The American (college) campus has become an interesting place for a conservative.” –Dinesh D’Souza.

I will officially be done with college next month and in my four years of college I can certainly agree with D’Souza’s statement. It was interesting to be on a college campus during 2008 when you were a complete fool and ignorant voter if you did not support Barack Obama and his radical liberalism. It was also interesting to have my college commencement be used as a platform for Al Gore to push his global warming agenda on my graduating class. Some people, especially students, can easily get discouraged and even sometimes feel the need to become apologetic about being a conservative. I am a conservative because I believe that conservatism represents American values such as; limited government, individual rights, and many more. These are the values our country was founded upon and I believe it is important that we continue to fight for them. In 1960 Barry Goldwater (pictured above) felt similar sentiments when writing The Conscience of a Conservative, “I have been much concerned that so many people today with conservative instincts feel compelled to apologize for them.” It is extremely important that conservatives do the opposite of apologizing for their beliefs. Conservatives should stand up to the values they believe in because these values are embedded in America. And as Goldwater went on to write, “Thus, for the American Conservative, there is no difficulty in identifying the day’s overriding political challenge: it is to preserve and extend freedom.” I believe these words still ring true today and we should continue fighting for this nation that has so blessed us with her freedom.