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Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 5th 2000 by Free Press
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Alex T.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the theory of compassionate conservatism. It resonates deeply with my belief that our goal is to help others help themselves. I love the Constitutional foundation of this political ideology: that government is meant to promote the general welfare, not provide it. Marvin Olasky provides several excellent examples of compassionate conservatism at work.

So why there stars? First, while I think supporting fsith-based organisations is a worthy goal, I feel he does not give enough credit to secu
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Anna
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Conservatives that propose welfare tax cuts don't hate poor people. They just think that there are better ways to help people than bloated government organizations. This book showcases examples of compassionate conservatism and lays out a few general principles. Compassionate conservatism:

- Recognizes that people are spiritual and that lasting change comes by addressing spirituality
- Looks to existing community structures to promote change
- Accepts consequences: if you don't work, you don't eat

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Patrick
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Although this book is rather pedantic which I think is surprising for a journalistic professor, I rather like the ideas that Olasky puts forth. Personally, I always equated social work and welfare as the rightful purview of religion (now that is probably because in the Philippines it is the Catholic religion that tends to the poor and disenfranchised).

But, I can see the compassionate conservatism point of view and that is people need a spiritual/emotional dimension when they are in need such as
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Sam Snideman
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Read this little book in high school, to figure out what was "under the hood" with respect to the candidacy of George W. Bush. The book was mostly a collection of anecdotes on public-private partnerships, the role of faith-based community initiatives, and how these things fit as part of some kinder, gentler American conservatism that almost sounds Burkean at times.
Miss Poppy
Jun 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: delusional conservative Christians
Recommended to Miss by: Lucca Brazzi
This is a very, very, very bad book. It's written badly. It's researched badly. The author uses it to launch the claim that he came up with the term "compassionate conservatism." Take it, it's yours. He actually calls himself the "godfather" of compassionate conservatism, which ought to tell you how compassionate his conservatism is.

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