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Conservative Canon, Getting Started

The Conservative Canon is an ongoing project, which I admit. It will take a few years. I have lists of books I need to get to (at least to have some familiarity with them before I finalize the tour) on top of the fact I’m hoping to incorporate a ten-year reading program from the Canon to give people a general guide for tackling the huge amount of material which will be found in the Canon.

But, since it will all take some time, and the blogesphere is nothing if not impatient, here is a one year introduction to conservatism:

-The Conservative Mind, Russell Kirk
-The Road to Serfdom, Fred Hayek
-The Law, Fred Bastiat
-When Character was King, Peggy Noonan
-Ronald Reagan, Dinesh D’Souza
-Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg
-Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater
-The Unmaking of a Mayor, God and Man at Yale, Up from Liberalism, Bill Buckley
-Basic Economics, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, Knowledge and Decisions, The Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell
-Parliament of Whores, Eat the Rich, Republican Party Reptile, All the Trouble in the World, P.J. O’Rourke
-The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence
-The Gospel of Matthew, Acts of the Apostles
-Book of Proverbs

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2 Responses

  1. I’m not a conservative in most areas, but on the law I’m often attracted to Justice Scalia’s judicial philosophy. I don’t remember where you came down on the issue of “video” entries to your cannon, but I suggest you look at the full Charlie Rose interview from June 2008 (available on the Charlie Rose website — google Charlie Rose Antonin Scalia and it should pull it up). I just watched it again tonight, and the man is extremely convincing.

  2. It’s not possible to fully appreciate Reagan without seeing video and audio of him, so the rules are lax when it comes to the actual medium of the information.

    I actually got to see the Scalia-Rose interview, and it’s a good pick, thanks. Scalia is a charismatic and entertaining figure and really does service to his legal philosophy.

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