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Conservatives Without Conscience

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I’m reading Conservatives Without Conscience (published in 2006) right now. It’s by John Dean, a lifelong Conservative (and former counsel to Richard Nixon), and it’s his attempt to figure out what happened to the Republican Party over the last couple of decades.

Originally he was going to write the book with his friend and sometime mentor Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), but as Senator Goldwater’s health and vigor failed, Dean shelved the book. But he kept their notes, and finally was moved to write it. (At the link you’ll find hardbound copies in good shape for $1, and it’s a highly readable and fascinating book—order a copy. whether you’re conservative or liberal. You’ll be glad you did.)

As I started to read it, I started putting in Book Darts when I found something worth re-reading—and now I have dozens of Book Darts in place. Some places marked:

“Authoritarian governments are identified by ready government access to information about the activities of citizens and by extensive limitations on the ability of citizens to obtain information about the government. In contrast, democratic governments are marked by significant restrictions on the ability of government to acquire information about its citizens and by ready access by citizens to information about the activities of government.” (page xxxvii, quoting Robert G. Vaught, a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, summarizing Alan Westin’s work.)

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Written by LeisureGuy

8 October 2007 at 2:42 pm

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