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Self Study

Session One:

Read “What Is Conservatism” readings by Ronald Reagan, Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer and other top conservative thinkers here.

Session Two:

The following books are essential for understanding conservatism. The self-study student should begin at the beginning and read them all. Since you have read the liberal classics at your college, you will know twice as much as everyone else on campus. You may obtain the following books from your library for self-study or order the books by clicking on the titles below. Most of the books listed here, and several others, are synopsized in theSummary of Classics section of the Online Classroom or by visiting http://www.firstprinciples.us.

F.A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty

Frank Meyer, In Defense of Freedom

Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

John Chamberlain, The Roots of Capitalism

Charles Murray, In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government

Richard Cornuelle, Reclaiming the American Dream

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

Russell Kirk, Roots of American Order

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, The Federalist Papers

Wilhelm Ropke, A Humane Economy

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

Lord Acton, Essays in The History of Liberty

Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Friedrich A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government

Session Three: Types of Conservatism

Conservatism:

Paleoconservatism:

Neoconservatism:

Foreign Policy:

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