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HOW TO ARGUE WITH A CONSERVATIVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Contrary to the book's possibly facetious title, How to Argue with a Conservative is a serious attempt to refute conservative criticisms of our present form of liberal government. The book is divided into six major subjects- Freedom and the Role of Government, Human Nature and the Welfare State, Socialism, States' Rights and the Constitution, Accomplishments of Liberal Government, Foreign Policy, and the Basic Philosophies of Conservatives and Liberals. Within each subject the authors give the conservative position in the form of questions and charges and then provide the liberals' reply buttressed with suitable historical facts and current statistics. How to Argue... is intended for use as a handbook and the reader is instructed to refer to the very complete table of contents for the particular area in which he needs factual support. How to Argue... is of course apologetics but within that rather circumscribed bailiwick it does its job very well. Given its necessarily static framework the replies are painstaking and cogent. As recent elections aptly demonstrate, the book should have a ready audience and its engaging title should prove to be no drawback. At the same time one wonders about the effectiveness of reason and intelligence alone. Does Norman Mailer convert William Buckley? ""Logic and sermons never convince,/The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 1965
Publisher: Grossman