Baldi (The Grand Experiment: What Went Wrong?, 2012, etc.) presents a collection of philosophical musings, political commentaries and general thoughts on life.
This compendium of the author’s opinions is extensive, featuring views on subjects ranging from St. Anselm of Canterbury’s writings to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas. Beginning with discussions of selected works by several famous thinkers, including Leo Strauss and Francis Bacon, the book goes on to explore big philosophical questions (“How does one go about defining ‘Man’?”), and offer opinions on economic policy (“The proper role of government is to encourage and support free enterprise”), brief aphorisms, and a series of letters, mostly to a newspaper editor, from the years 2009 to 2013 (“The bottom line is our government is spending money it doesn’t have”). This collection is sometimes outraged, sometimes docile, but always dotted with moments of humor (“The luckiest man alive is unquestionably Tiger Wood’s caddy!”) and discussions of religion (“We are ‘co-partners’ in God’s intended purpose to make of it what we ‘Will’ ”). It effectively paints a portrait of a man who’s both in awe of human potential and worried about the future. It reserves its venom for President Barack Obama and perceived proponents of political correctness and offers praise for the wisdom of the United States Constitution. Throughout its 700-plus pages, the author’s opinions remain articulate, if occasionally obvious, as when it urges the two major parties to work together “for the common good of the nation.” The end result, however, is a thoroughly wide-ranging, readable investigation into modern conservative thought that doesn’t rely on the opinions of popular right-wing media cheerleaders.
A three-dimensional look at major developments in conservative politics and culture.