In this episode, Caleb O. Brown reads part one of a selection from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 book The Conscience of a Conservative.
The Conscience of a Conservative was fist published under the name of Senator Barry Goldwater. The book was a smashing success beyond anyone’s expectations. Over 3.5 million copies sold, and its success garnered Goldwater enough national fame to secure his party’s nomination in 1964. For decades, it has been considered an unparalleled foundational text. It begins by identifying the most important distinctions between movement conservatives and their well-meaning but misguided fellows, left and right.