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The Politics Of Prudence

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In this classic title, Kirk outlines ten principles of conservative thought, summarizes ten vital conservative books, and offers brief accounts of ten eminent, internationally important conservatives. Written by the founder of twentieth-century conservatism in America, Kirk's The Politics of Prudence reflects several decades of learning, travel, and practical politics.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 304 pages
Published 2004 by ISI Books (first published 1993)
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Bill  Kerwin
Mar 19, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it
In 1992, when he was in his '70's,Russell Kirk, the intellectual father of modern American conservatism--no, I haven't forgotten about William Buckley--published this collection of essays, almost forty years after his seminal work The Conservative Mind.

Among other things, he makes the point that conservatism is not an ideology, but the art of the possible, that it does not seek radical change, but respects existing institutions and strives to preserve what is best in them. He reserves some of h
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Mar 12, 2014 EJ rated it it was amazing
I have always considered myself a conservative-though I must admit, I may not have always been sure what it truly meant to be a conservative. Oh, sure, I thought I knew. Of course, being a conservative means that you love America, you value freedom and liberty, you are against the government, (unless it's run by republicans), you are for the promotion of democracy abroad, you loathe taxes, (after all you worked hard for that money!), God is good, and America is His "shining city upon a hill". O' ...more
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Oct 03, 2015 Danilo Reis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A política é a arte do possível. A partir dessa certeza, Kirk nos apresenta a profundidade do pensamento conservador.

Ao contrário das ideologias, do marxismo ao libertarianismo, o conservadorismo não compartilha a noção romântica e utópica relacionada a uma mera e injustificada ciência das ideias. O conservador é um prático, um realista, percebe a natureza falha do ser humano e a necessidade de constranger os instintos individuais por meio da valorização das "coisas permanentes".

É nesse sentid
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I realy liked this one. Tho sometimes boring and/or too slow, the elegance and wisdom in Kirk's work shines the good gem's in conservative and right-wing thoughts.
Marcelo Reis
Dec 02, 2014 Marcelo Reis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edição fantástica com excelentes comentários e textos de Alex Catharino e outros. Excelente livro para quem quer uma introdução ao pensamento conservador.
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For more than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time. He is the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conserv ...more
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