Conservative Bookshelf

The Conservative Bookshelf

No serious student of American history and politics can be considered well-informed without a solid grounding in works like these.  The list is somewhat arbitrary.  We think most Conservatives would call this a fair sampling of modern and classic Conservative thought. 

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left.   by Jonah Goldberg.  From the French Revolution to, Goldberg shows how social movements and governments ruled by the Left nearly always devolve into Fascism. 

The Real George Washington.* by Jay A. Parry.  There is no better model of honesty, courage, honor, and sacrifice, throughout our history, than George Washington.  Parry gives us an excellent biography, one of the best ever.

The Real Thomas Jefferson.* by Andres W. Allison.   Another title in the American Classics series, Allison has captured the life, times, and thoughts of one of America’s most beloved presidents.  Buy the set of three Real books and get a discount, along with many weeks of pleasant, inspiring reading.  

The Real Benjamin Franklin.*  by Andrew W. Allison.  Everyone knows Franklin, the publisher, diplomat, writer, inventor, humorist, scientist, abolitionist, and philosopher.  He was a Renaissance Man whose achievements are finally getting their due in this great book.

 The Federalist Papers.*  by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Learn the true meaning of the Constitution and the true intent of its authors.  Check out Madison’s description of the dangers of “factions” (what we call “special interests” today).  His article, and each of the newspaper columns that became The Federalist Papers, are as instructive today as they were the day they were written 224 years ago.  

 The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World.* by W. Cleon Skousen.
Skousen’s classic exposition of the Constitution, written 30 years ago, has become a modern-day best seller.  His analysis of the Judeo-Christian roots of the new American government is exceptional.  

 Free to Choose: A Personal Statement.  by Milton and Rose Friedman.  Classic free market economics from two of its most brilliant theorists.  Read this very readable book and you’ll understand the simple beauty and astounding effectiveness of the marketplace.  You’ll also understand why Milton Friedman so justly deserved the Nobel Prize he was awarded for his work.   

 Basic Economics 4th Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy.  by Thomas Sowell.  Sowell is the Milton Friedman of the 21st century.  Not many can explain the American economy, and the harmful effects of government meddling, as well as Thomas Sowell.  

 The Unmaking of a Mayor.   by William F. Buckley.  Its difficult to pick out “the best” of Buckley’s many great books, but his recounting of his run for Mayor of New York City, is certainly a favorite.  Buckley ran a principled, ideological campaign, filled with rare honesty and refreshing humor.  What would we give to have politicians acting like this today?

 Wild Swans.   by Jung Chang.  The true story of three generations of Chinese women, from Kuomintang times, through the reign of Mao, to today.  Forty million dead, killed for a theory.  And some Americans still "go carryin' round pictures of Chairman Mao.

 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).   by Robert Spencer.  Some important things you thought you knew just may be wrong.  And it might be much worse than you thought.  A great read, long overdue. 


And, the best Conservative bookshelves also have a generous mix of works by Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Dinesh D’Souza, Russell Kirk, Bernard Goldberg, David Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Breitbart, Sean Hannity, F. A. Hayek, Mark Steyn, and a host of others too numerous to mention.  If we left out your favorite Conservative author, sorry.   We’ll be happy to include them if you’ll mention something at our next general meeting.    

* Copies available at 912 2nd Tuesday meetings.


Stop HB 3427, Oregon's New Sales Tax

HB 3427 will put a gross receipts tax on most Oregon businesses.  Some larger international companies have been given specific exemptions.  Smaller companies will pay the tax even if they have no profits.  This is the same as measure 67, passed by the legislature, a minimum tax on any business that files a tax form.

This bill has been pushed in ways designed to avoid any public input.  This same type of tax has been rejected several times by the voters over the last few decades.  This hidden tax will be passed on to all consumers as it will not show on any sales receipt.

Oregon already has unexpectedly high revenues from economic growth.  This new revenue, is to push a solution to the PERS disaster down the road, and get the legislators closer to retirement. has petitions to bring much of this travesty to a vote by the people.  This is an all hands on deck effort to rein in an out of control legislature and governor.

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