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The corrosion of conservatism : why I left the right

Author: Max Boot
Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"As nativism, xenophobia, vile racism, and assaults on the rule of law threaten the very fabric of our nation, [this book] presents an urgent defense of American democracy. Pronouncing Mexican immigrants to be "rapists," Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn't fathom that the party of
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Boot, Max, 1968-
Corrosion of conservatism.
New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
(DLC) 2018036979
(OCoLC)1040200865
Named Person: Max Boot; Donald Trump; Donald Trump
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Max Boot
ISBN: 9781631495687 1631495682
OCLC Number: 1056625748
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 260 pages)
Contents: Prologue: November 8, 2016 --
The education of a conservative --
The career of a conservative --
The surrender --
The chaos president --
The cost of capitulation. Racism ; Nativism ; Collusion ; The rule of law ; "Fake news" ; Ethics ; Fiscal irresponsibility ; The end of the Pax Americana --
The Trump toadies --
The origins of Trumpism --
Epilogue: The vital center.
Responsibility: Max Boot.

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"As nativism, xenophobia, vile racism, and assaults on the rule of law threaten the very fabric of our nation, [this book] presents an urgent defense of American democracy. Pronouncing Mexican immigrants to be "rapists," Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn't fathom that the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan could endorse such an unqualified reality-TV star. Yet the Twilight Zone episode that Boot believed he was watching created an ideological dislocation so shattering that Boot's transformation from Republican foreign policy adviser to celebrated anti-Trump columnist becomes the dramatic story of The Corrosion of Conservatism. No longer a Republican, but also not a Democrat, Boot here records his ideological journey from a "movement" conservative to a man without a party, beginning with his political coming-of-age as a young émigré from the Soviet Union, enthralled with the National Review and the conservative intellectual tradition of Russell Kirk and F.A. Hayek. Against this personal odyssey, Boot simultaneously traces the evolution of modern American conservatism, jump-started by Barry Goldwater's canonical The Conscience of a Conservative, to the rise of Trumpism and its gradual corrosion of what was once the Republican Party. While 90 percent of his fellow Republicans became political "toadies" in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Boot stood his ground, enduring the vitriol of his erstwhile conservative colleagues, trolled on Twitter by a white supremacist who depicted his "execution" in a gas chamber by a smiling, Nazi-clad Trump. And yet, Boot nevertheless remains a villain to some partisan circles for his enduring commitment to conservative fiscal and national security principles. It is from this isolated position, then, that Boot launches this bold declaration of dissent and its urgent plea for true, bipartisan cooperation. With uncompromising insights, The Corrosion of Conservatism evokes both a president who has traduced every norm and the rise of a nascent centrist movement to counter Trump's assault on democracy."--Jacket.

When Trump pronounced Mexican immigrants to be "rapists," Boot couldn't fathom that the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan could endorse such an unqualified reality-TV star. Here he records his ideological journey from a "movement" conservative to a man without a party, while simultaneously tracing the evolution of modern American conservatism. Boot provides an urgent plea for true, bipartisan cooperation, even as xenophoboa, racism and assaults on the rule of law threaten the very fabric of our nation. -- adapted from jacket.

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