The Futilitarian Society

The Futilitarian Society

The Futilitarian Society

The Futilitarian Society

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The aims of this book are to study conservative thought in present-day America, to suggest a hypothesis about the nature of American conservatism in general, and to show the relationship between conservatism, freedom, innovation and social change. They are aims which will make it possible to demonstrate that America has its own unique and peculiar conservatism today which is not an offshoot or variation of the European tradition and which has its own particular place in American life.

But to display the distinctive existence of American conservatism does not reveal the real question it poses. This book is written for those who are interested in expanding freedom instead of maintaining stability and a fixed society. It is mainly concerned with the most meaningful aspect of American conservatism today, its attitude toward change and hence its concept of freedom. To examine conservatism in such terms it is necessary, of course, to consider the ideas of American conservatives on specific social and political problems and their . . .

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