This highly readable work reviews previous definitions of American conservatism and then posits the two fundamental ideas that, held in tandem, form the core of contemporary conservative thought: the belief that human nature is unchanging and unalterable and the belief in the existence of an objective moral order independent of man's knowledge or perception of it. The remaining five chapters examine the influence of the core ideas on such concepts as authority, freedom, government and economics, community, and change and tradition.
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