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Being Conservative from A to Z by S.R. Piccoli
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it was amazing

Being Conservative from A to Z, by S.R. Piccoli, is a brief investigation of conservative thought from the last two centuries to the present. It answers questions like, “What does it mean to be a Conservative?” and “What does a conservative feel and think about this or that issue/topic/event?” Piccoli shares this about his book:

“This book, which could be described as an anthology of conservative analysis and insights on some key issues, is for readers who wish to acquaint themselves with conservative political thought and to get a critical and comparative perspective on what passes for political, social, economic, and cultural conservatism in their own time and place.”

Piccoli considers conservative thought on topics like family values, guns, education, religion, welfare, justice, and the law. Each topic is addressed briefly by viewing the thoughts of well-known conservatives throughout the centuries. Piccoli quotes often from authorities like Theodore Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, Edmund Burke (the Father of Modern Conservativism), and Russel Kirk (a well-known American political theorist).

Since gun control is a hot topic in the U.S. right now, I particularly enjoyed studying historical and current thought on the subject. Cesare Beccaria, an 18th-century Italian philosopher, said this in advocacy of gun ownership, “if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” These are the kinds of historical snippets you will get throughout the book.

In the book, Piccoli isn’t trying to persuade others to be conservative. He presents historical, conservative thought in a neutral, concise, and academic fashion. If you are interested in learning more about conservative views, look no further than Being Conservative from A to Z.
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October 11, 2015 – Shelved

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