Political Theory

Liberty, Responsibility, and the Birth of the New Conservatism


This conference examined the forces that lead to the nomination of Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican National Convention and the rebirth of conservatism as an important element in American national politics. The readings included works by both William F. Buckley Jr., an early supporter and friend of Goldwater, as well as Goldwater's best-selling The Conscience of a Conservative and his later memoirs With No Apologies.


Conference Readings

Allitt, Patrick. The Conservatives. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Buckley, Jr., William F. Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater. New York: Basic Books, 2008.

Buckley, Jr., William F. Up from Liberalism. New York: Hillman Books, 1961.

Goldwater, Barry M. The Conscience of a Conservative. Sheperdsville, Kentucky: Victor Publishing Company, 1960.

Goldwater, Barry M. “Goldwater 1964 Acceptance Speech.” cspan.com. http://www.c-spanvideol.gor/program/4018-1 (October 22, 2013).

Goldwater, Barry M. With No Apologies. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1979.

Reagan, Ronald. “A Time for Choosing.” ReaganFoundation.org. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXBswFfh6AY (October 22, 2013).