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For the purposes of this sticky, no solid definition of conservatism will be attempted. However, Ten Conservative Principles (by Russell Kirk) and the Conservatism FAQ provide a comprehensive introduction to conservatism as a political philosophy. Below you will find links to conservative parties of several countries, various (mainly American) research institutes.
Canadian Conservative Party
Republican Party(USA):American Centre right party
Tory Party:British Conservatives
Norwegian Conservative Party
Swedish Conservative Party
Danish Conservative Party
Heritage Foundation:American Conservative policy research group
[url=http:///www.cagw.org/]Citizens Against Government Waste[/url]:American group lobbying for responsible government spending
National Taxpayers Union:American lobby group promoting fiscal conservatism
American Conservative Union:The American Conservative Union is the nation's oldest conservative lobbying organization. ACU's purpose is to effectively communicate and advance the goals and principles of conservatism through one multi-issue, umbrella organization
The American Cause:The American Cause is an educational organization whose mission is to advance and promote traditional American values that are rooted in the conservative principles of national sovereignty, economic patriotism, limited government, and individual freedom.
[url=http://www.rightwingnews.com/speeches/heston.php]Winning the Culture Wars
by Charlton Heston[/url]
Let me back up a little. About a year ago I became president of the National Rifle Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. I ran for office, I was elected, and now I serve ... I serve as a moving target for the media whoâ€™ve called me everything from "ridiculous" and "duped" to a " brain-injured, senile, crazy old man." I know, Iâ€™m pretty old ... but I sure ainâ€™t senile.
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6310]Teaching the virtues
by Christina Hoff Sommers[/url]
I noted that students taking college ethics are debating abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, DNA research, and the ethics of transplant surgery while they learn almost nothing about private decency, honesty, personal responsibility, or honor.
[url=http://www.swan.ac.uk/poli/texts/burke/burkecon.htm]Reflections on the Revolution in France
by Edmund Burke[/url]
Good order is the foundation of all things.
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6189]Conservatives and Libertarians: Uneasy Cousins
by Robert Nisbet[/url]
Conservatives, from Burke on, have tended to see the population much in the manner medieval legists and philosophical realists (in contrast to nominalists) saw it: as composed of, not individuals directly, but the natural groups within which individuals invariably live: family, locality, church, region, social class, nation, and so on.
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6131]How to Explain Conservatism to Your Squishy Liberal Friends: Individualism 'R' Us
by P.j O'Rourke[/url]
The individual is the wellspring of conservatism. The purpose of conservative politics is to defend the liberty of the individual and - lest individualism run riot - insist upon individual responsibility.
[url=http://www.newcriterion.com/archive/21/feb03/burke.htm]Why I became a Conservative
by Robert Scruton[/url]
Henceforth I understood conservatism not as a political credo only, but as a lasting vision of human society, one whose truth would always be hard to perceive, harder still to communicate, and hardest of all to act upon
Read more of Roger Scruton's writings at the Roger Scruton Internet Bibliography.
[url=http://memory.loc.gov/const/fed/fedpapers.html]The Federalist Papers
by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison[/url]
Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.
[url=http://www.ildomenicale.it/approfondimento.asp?id_approfondimento=5/]Russel Kirk and the Conservative movement
by Lee Edwards[/url]
The true conservative, he said, could in fact be many different people: a "resolute and strong-minded" clergyman, a farmer who "holds fast" to the wisdom of his ancestors, a truck driver in the very heart of the metropolis, a proprietor of an ancient name endeavoring to moderate inevitable change by "prudence and good nature," an old-fashioned manufacturer (paternalistic and shrewd), a physician, a lawyer, or a schoolmaster.
by Frank Straus Meyer[/url]
For what the conservative is committed to conserve is not simply whatever happens to be the established conditions of a few years or a few decades, but the consensus of his civilization, of his country, as that consensus over the centuries has reflected truth derived from the very constitution of being.
[url=http://www.townhall.com/hall_of_fame/KIRK/kirklect.html/]The Heritage Lectures
by Russel Kirk[/url]
"Democratic Despotism" Behold, Behemoth! While Americans are congratulating themselves and Europeans upon the collapse of the socialist states beyond the demolished Iron Curtain, there continues to expand here in North America the empire of what Alexis de Tocqueville called "democratic despotism". This is a grim tendency toward total centralization of which conservatives have long since complained, in somewhat vague terms, but to which they have offered, so far, little effective resistance.
[url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/daily/may98/goldwaterspeech.htm]1964 Acceptance Speech
by Barry Goldwater[/url]
From this moment, united and determined, we will go forward together, dedicated to the ultimate and undeniable greatness of the whole man. Together we will win.
First Inaugural Address
Second Inaugural Address
by George Washington
Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.
First Inaugural Address
Second Inaugural Address
By Dwight Eisenhower
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
by John Quicy Adams[/url]
Thoughts on Government
by John Adams
And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.
[url=http://www.nyx.net/~kbanker/chautauqua/consequences.html/]Ideas have consequences
by Richard Weaver[/url]
THIS is another book about the dissolution of the West. I attempt two things not commonly found in the growing literature of this subject. First, I present an account of that decline based not on analogy but on deduction. It is here the assumption that the world is intelligible and that man is free and that those consequences we arc now expiating are the product not of biological or other necessity but of unintelligent choice. Second, I go so far as to propound, if not a whole solution, at least the beginning of one, in the belief that man should not follow a scientific analysis with a plea of moral impotence.
Libertarians advocate severe limitations to government control and bureaucracy and promote a philosophy of individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a non-interventionist foreign policy.
Cato Institute: Libertarian policy research group.
International Society for Individual Liberty: A global network of Libertarianian associations and individuals
Libertarian Party of America:
Adovcates for self government: Get your education in Libertarianism right here!
Foundation for Economic Education: Non-political, educational champion of private property, the free-market and limited government
Future of Freedom Foundation: Articles and resources from a libertarian perspective
Liberty Library: A library of information on Libertarianism.
LewRockwell: Anti War,Anti State pro market news site
[url=http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss.html]Selected Essays of Frederic Bastiat
by Frederic Bastiat[/url]
Existence, faculties, assimilationâ€”in other words, personality, liberty, propertyâ€”that is what man is-The Law
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6317/] The ABC of the Market Economy
by Henry Hazlit[/url]
A "free market" does not mean and has never meant that everybody is free to do as he likes. Since time immemorial mankind has operated under a rule of law, written or unwritten. Under a market system as any other, people are forbidden to kill, molest, rob, libel or otherwise intentionally injure each other
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=12635]The Inherent Limitations of the Welfare State
by Willhelm Roepke[/url]
What threatens the structure of our economy and society from within is something else: chronic diseases, spreading secretly and thereby all the more malignant. Their causes are hard to discover and their true nature is concealed from the superficial or thoughtless observer; they tempt individuals and groups with immediate advantages, while their fatal consequences take a long time to manifest themselves and are widely dispersed.
[url=http://www.conservativeforum.org/EssaysForm.asp?ID=6096] The Intellectuals and Socialism
by Friedrick Von Hayek[/url]
The intellectual revival of liberalism is already underway in many parts of the world. Will it be in time?
by Leonard E Read[/url]
I am a lead pencil--the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write....
[url=http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty.asp/]The Libertarian Manifesto
by Murray Rothbard[/url]
Aside from invasions of property, however, freedom of speech will necessarily be upheld to the uttermost by every libertarian. Freedom to say, print, and sell any utterance becomes an absolute right, in whatÂever area the speech or expression chooses to cover.
[url=http://www.mises.org/fipandol.asp/]Freedom, Inequality, Primitivism and the Division of Labor
by Murray Rothbard[/url]
Freedom and its concomitant, the widening division of labor, are vital for the flowering of each individual, as well as the literal survival of the vast bulk of the world's population....
[url=http://ibiblio.org/gutenberg/etext04/insoc10.txt]The case against and a critique of Socialism
by Edward F Adams[/url]
Neoconservatives support having a strong military, believe in using military pre-emption and intervention to protect and encourage democracy across the globe, advocate tax-cuts to stimulate economic growth, and prefer strong but not intrusive government.
American Enterprise Institute: Neo-Conservative policy research group.
Project for a New American Century Controversial statement of the Neo-Conservative worldview
Policy Review Online: Another Neo Conservative publication
[url=http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.19063,filter./pub_detail.asp]The Neoconservative Persuasion
by Irvine Kristol[/url]
What exactly is neoconservatism? Journalists, and now even presidential candidates, speak with an enviable confidence on who or what is "neoconservative" and seem to assume the meaning is fully revealed in the name. Those of us who are designated as "neocons" are amused, flattered, or dismissive, depending on the context. It is reasonable to wonder: is there any "there" there?
[url=http://www.policyreview.org/JUN02/kagan.html]Of Power and Weakness
by Robert Kagan[/url]
It is time to stop pretending that Europeans and Americans share a common view of the world, or even that they occupy the same world. On the all-important question of power â€” the efficacy of power, the morality of power, the desirability of power â€” American and European perspectives are diverging.
by Robert Kagan[/url]
And now Europeans have become evangelists for their "postmodern" gospel of international relations. The application of the European miracle to the rest of the world has become Europe's new mission civilisatrice. If Germany can be tamed through gentle rapprochement, why not Iraq?
[url=http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=2426&page=0]Think Again: Neo-Cons
by Max Boot[/url]
While this list seems impressive, it also reveals that the neocons have no representatives in the administrationâ€™s top tier. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice: Not a neocon among them.
[url=http://www.alamut.com/subj/economics/misc/clash.html]The Clash of Civilizations
by Samuel P.Huntington[/url]
It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural
[url=http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19931201faresponse5213/samuel-p-huntington/if-not-civilizations-what-samuel-huntington-responds-to-his-critics.html]If not Civilizations, what? Samuel Huntington responds to his critics
by Samuel P.Huntington[/url]
When people think seriously, they think abstractly; they conjure up simplified pictures of reality called concepts, theories, models, paradigms. Without such intellectual constructs, there is, William James said, only "a bloomin' buzzin' confusion."
Evil Empire and
By Ronald Reagan
What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term -- the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people
The Man in the Arena: Citizenship in a Republic
The Strenuous Life
By Theodore Roosevelt
Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities
by Douglas MacArthur[/url]
However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
Blogosphere Collection of Right minded blogs
The Volokh Conspiracy
The Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler
Kim Du Toit
Right Thinking from the Left Coast
UK Conservative Commentary
No Left turns
Random Nuclear Strikes
Common Sense and Wonder
Midwest Conservative Journal
Eleven Day Empire
Armed and Dangerous
Pardon my English
Truth Laid Bear
Anti Socialist Tendencies
Right Wing Magazines
National Review Online
The Spectator Magazine UK
The Spectator Magazine US
The New Criterion
Tech Central Station
Enter Stage Right
The American Conservative(*Note: You have to pay to read the full site)
Right Wing Think Tanks
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Heritage Foundation
American Enterprise Institute
Ethics and Public Policy Centre
Project For The New American Century
Centre For Strategic and International Studies
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