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The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater


Shepherdsville, Kentucky : Victor Publishing Company, 1960. Third printing. Stated "Third printing 50,000 copies May 1960" on the copyright page. Hardcover. 123 pages ; 22 cm. $3.00 dust jacket with rubbing and edge wear. Lite foxing to front and rear endpapers. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding firm.

First Printing 10,000 copies March 1960 ; Second Printing 10,000 copies April 1960 ; Third Printing 50,000 copies May 1960

"There is more harsh fact and hard sense in this slight book than will emerge from all of the chatter of this year's session of Congress, this year's campaign for the Presidency and all other offices *** Whereas the rest of the tribe of professional politicians keep a respectful distance in beating about the bush of truth, Barry Goldwater, the Republican Senator from Arizona, is not afraid to pluck it up by the roots." — George Morgenstern—Chicago Sunday Tribune

THE CONSCIENCE OF A CONSERVATIVE is sensational public revelation of that which is seldom if ever disclosed namely, the heartfelt convictions of a Washington politician.

Senator Barry Goldwater is not the only member of Congress who holds these truths but he is the only person in high public office who has frankly and publicly put all these truths together into a complete and cogent program of foreign and domestic policy.

This supremely sensible and eminently courageous book will shock orthodox politicians as much as it will gratify millions of Americans who are sick and tired of political contests between meaningless equivocations and undifferentiated distinctions.

The revealed conscience of this distinguished and singularly successful political Conservative will shed helpful light on the fabrication of both political platforms.

More important than that is the clear warning this book sounds about impending dangers to the survival of American freedom and the action it recommends to avoid these dangers.



A tolerable peace must follow victory over Communism. '**We should withdraw diplomatic relations from all Communist governments including the Soviet Union. It would give heart to the enslaved peoples and help them overthrow their captors.

This cornerstone of our Republic, our chief bulwark against the encroachment of individual freedom by Big Government, is fast disappearing under the piling sands of absolutism. No powers regarding education were given the federal government. Despite the recent holding of the Supreme Court, I am firmly convinced that the Constitution does not permit any interference whatsoever by the federal government in the field of education.

I have great respect for the Supreme Court as an institution but I cannot believe that I display that respect by submitting abjectly to the abuses of power by the Court and by condoning its unconstitutional trespass into the legislative sphere of government.

It is not only ill administered but ill-conceived. It has not made the free world stronger, it has made America weaker.

Right to work laws derives from the Natural Law. They are simply an attempt to give freedom of association the added protection of civil law***Let us henceforth make war on all monopolies whether corporate or union.*** The champions of freedom will fight against the concentration of power wherever they find it. Victor Publishing Company, Inc. Shepherdsville, Kentucky

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