Review of Metaphysics 42 (2):382-383 (1988)

Edward Papa
Sacred Heart University
This book is a historical-critical study of American conservatism as a post-war social phenomenon. Its thesis is that conservatism failed to have a lasting impact on American culture beyond the increased acceptance of the conservative label itself: "the most enduring accomplishment of the post-war conservative movement" is the fact that "by the 1980s a great many Americans were willing to identify themselves as 'conservative'". The authors show that American conservatives generally treated conservative theoretical assumptions as politically irrelevant. Like their liberal opponents, conservatives acted as if theory were subordinate to practice. The hollowness of their political success suggests that ideas do indeed have consequences.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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