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Five Books for Conservatives to Read Over The Holidays

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  1. The Blueprint, How the Democrats Won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care.  By Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer

 

For those interested in campaigns The Blueprint describes how a small cabal of Democrats in Colorado turned the tables on Republican in their state by focusing on local elections, investing in the nonprofit sector, and strategically spending money where they could get the best bang for their buck.  In the wake of changes to campaign finance law the landscape of political spending has changed away from political parties and towards outside advocacy groups.  Anyone working in the campaign side of politics at the local level will benefit from the description of the structure set up by Democrats in Colorado and how their model is being replicated around the nation.

 

  1. The Conservative Heart, By Arthur C. Brooks

 

American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks’ 2015 book does a great job of making the moral case for the free enterprise system.  Brooks write about that thing that make people truly happy such as family, faith, community, and meaningful work and how the free enterprise system is the best at delivering those things to the most people.  Free trade, entrepreneurship, private property, the rule of law, and globalization have lifted million of people out of poverty around the world in the last few decade, but that case isn’t being made to the average person.  This is a great book for anyone who is looking for rhetoric that can be used to sell capitalism and free markets to people who might be skeptical.

 

  1. Currency Wars, The Making of the Next Global Crisis, By James Rickards

 

A remarkably timely book for those of you monetary policy nerds out there.  Currency wars talks about how nation manipulate the value of their currencies and the effect that it has on the global economy.  With currency manipulation by China being a major talking point of President Elect Trumps this book will give you a great background in the field so that you can understand the history and economic implications of the practices taken by foreign government and the actions taken at home by our own Federal Reserve.  With just a fun twinge of conspiracy, this is an engaging read that the Ron Paul libertarian inside you will just love.

 

  1. The Conscience of a Conservative, By Barry Goldwater

 

If you are interested in learning about this history of the conservative movement in America, then this is a great place to start.  Barry Goldwater the 1964 Republican Nominee for President changed the course of the Republican Party forever and paved the way for the nomination and eventual election of Ronald Reagan.  Goldwater’s manifesto The Conscience of a Conservative came in the face of big government programs under the New Deal and at a time when the Cold War was reaching new heights.  If you are a movement conservative you should definitely give this a read.

 

  1. The 5000 Year Leap, Principles of Freedom 101 By W. Cleon Skousen

 

The 5000 Year Leap is 310 pages of brilliance describing 28 Principles of Freedom and the reasons the Founders established the Constitution and our form of government the way they did.  The 5000 Year Leap is constantly citing writings, communications, and documents from the founders in an attempt to convey their motivations.  The book discusses things such as natural law, the separation of powers, and the difference between a republic and a democracy.  It explains how these principles and the American experiment led to the rapid progress that humanity has seen since the founding of America compared to the thousands of years of civilization before America came into existence.  This is a great read for anyone looking to get brush up on their First Principles.

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