The Moral Compassion of True Conservatism

John J. DiIulio Jr.

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI:
The Moral Compassion of True Conservatism

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This chapter sketches the moral contours of a compassionate conservatism that is equally in key with the practical requirements of an American middle that hovers close to the center, mindful of the control that the more individualistic and heartless strains of right-wing ideology exert within the Republican Party. It notes that the final decades of the last century are rightly considered a period of conservative ferment. It reports that from the Reagan years through Clinton's declaration that the era of big government is over, and beyond into the new century, in many respects the nation's ideological center of gravity shifted. It further notes however that for all this ferment, there have been a lot of false prophets and pretenders claiming the mantle of conservatism.

Keywords: moral contours; conservatism; right-wing ideology; Republican Party; Reagan; Clinton's declaration; false prophets

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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