The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism

The Case for Polarized Politics Why America Needs Social Conservatism Because no movement resembling American social conservatism exists in any other affluent democracy it is widely seen as a retro phenomenon soon to disappear a sure casualty of globalization Author a

  • Title: The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism
  • Author: Jeffrey Bell
  • ISBN: 9781594035784
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism

    Because no movement resembling American social conservatism exists in any other affluent democracy, it is widely seen as a retro phenomenon soon to disappear, a sure casualty of globalization.Author and political activist Jeffrey Bell argues that social conservatism is uniquely American precisely because it s an outgrowth of American exceptionalism It exists here becausBecause no movement resembling American social conservatism exists in any other affluent democracy, it is widely seen as a retro phenomenon soon to disappear, a sure casualty of globalization.Author and political activist Jeffrey Bell argues that social conservatism is uniquely American precisely because it s an outgrowth of American exceptionalism It exists here because our founding principles, centering on the belief that we receive equal rights from God rather than from government, remain popular among American voters if not at elite institutions.Bell argues that upheavals of the 1960s set the stage for social conservatism s rise The left s agenda, particularly the sexual revolution, triumphed among elite opinion in the U.S Europe, Japan, and elsewhere This happened after the left sidelined its century long drive for socialism and returned to its roots in the 18th century thought of Rousseau and the revolutionary Jacobins, radicals who sought to break free from civilizing institutions, particularly religion and the family.American social conservatism derives from a branch of the Enlightenment that Bell analyzes as the conservative enlightenment The ability of this optimistic belief system, which dominated the American founding and transformed the English speaking world, to spread its natural law centered vision of democracy will affect the shape of politics in the decades ahead.

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    One thought on “The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism

    1. E

      Tough book to review. I like and respect Jeffrey Bell, but his book does not address what his title/subtitle seem to suggest it might address. The first third of the book is a defense of George W. Bush's social conservative bona fides. Then we get a long look at the history of European philosophy in view of the enlightenment and the gradual loss of Christian underpinnings across the continent. Then the last section purports to address the "future of social conservatism," but is more like random [...]

    2. Phillip W.

      An insightful, but desultory book. That's why I gave it two stars. Bell's insights on the foundations, history, mission, and agenda for social conservatism is a helpful guide for gaining understanding the agenda of the Left and what's at stake if we fail to effectively counter the "vision of the anointed" in the phrase of Thomas Sowell.

    3. Mina Davis

      I think has some excellent insight on what social conservatism truly is. The historical aspect of this book in defining the origins of such an idea is quite clear.

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