Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kirk and Taft

"In an era when radio-shouters, vulgar hucksters, and out-and-out charlatans have taken the spotlight on the American Right, conservatives need to remember their past—to get back in touch with their roots," concludes Justin Raimondo — Mr. Antiwar Republican. "While the conservative movement is cut adrift, looking for an anchor, what could be better than the principled prudence of these two nearly forgotten giants, Kirk and Taft?"

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Anonymous Rowman said...

I started turning away from conservatism years ago when I witnessed Bill Bennett engage in ad hominem attacks on Pat Buchanan for his positions when challenging Bush. Sobran, Hayek, Higgs and Bastiat helped lead me to my present state of mind.

It wasn't until recently, due partly to this excellent blog, that I read Kirk's The Politics of Prudence and Kauffman's Ain't My America. Now if conservatives were to abandon the conservatism of Limbaugh and Hannity and embrace the conservatism of Kirk and Kauffman, I might be persuaded to reconsider.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Kirk wrote a great book on Taft's political career and philosophy. It is long since out of print but a copy I found in a used bookstore is a treasured part of my own personal library. It is a must-read for anyone interested in how Kirk's ideas might find expression in the world of practical politics.

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

It sounds like Robert Taft would be a good statesman to read up on.

Sad to see the family decline to his grandson, the first Ohio Governor convicted in court, and a man who was perfectly happy to take Ohio down with him.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Wolfe said...

How could anybody forget that Taft was a gigantic?

Sorry, couldn't help it. :)

10:24 AM  

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