|[February 12, 2013]
In Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation Author Peter Berkowitz Encourages Social Conservatives and Libertarians to Rally Around the Principles of Liberty Inscribed in the United States Constitution
STANFORD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Hoover Institution Press today released Constitutional Conservatism:
Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation, by Peter
Berkowitz. Berkowitz contends that constitutional conservatism
encompasses a distinguished tradition of defending liberty that
stretches from the great eighteenth century British statesman Edmund
Burke through the authoritative exposition of the Constitution in The
Federalist to the high points of post-World War II American
conservatism. In this book, he seeks to identify the political
principles that social conservatives and libertarians should share, and
clarify the common ground on which they should join forces. He argues
that the top political priority for both social conservatives and
limited-government conservatives should be to rally around, and
rededicate themselves to conserving, the principles of liberty inscribed
in the American Constitution and to pursue reform in light of them.
"Conservatism is now engaged in a period of reflection that may lead to
recalibration. One of the best things that could happen is for those on
the right to listen to the counsel of Professor Berkowitz as he helps us
to recover the constitutional connection between liberty,
self-government, and political moderation rightly understood. Constitutional
Conservatism is a wonderful and necessary book. In looking back,
Peter Berkowitz helps us to look forward." So writes Peter Wehner,
senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and member of the
Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations.
In an era of changing social standards and entrenched political
realities, Berkowitz shows that the exercise of political moderation,
understood as the ability to balance and blend worthy and conflicting
political principles, is critical to the future of conservatism in
America. He encourages conservatives of different stripes to remain true
to their core principles while adjusting expectations of what can be
achieved through democratic politics. He also urges conservatives to
renew the appreciation of the limits that American constitutional
government imposes on regulating citizens' private lives. He concludes
that the principles of liberty inscribed in the Constitution are best
honored by prudently translating them into practice.
Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the
Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he chairs the task force
on national security and law and cochairs the task force on the virtues
of a free society.
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