Arthur C. Brooks, one of the country’s leading policy experts and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity, and social justice—a movement of the head and heart that boldly challenges the liberal monopoly on “fairness” and “compassion.”
Drawing on years of research, Brooks presents a social justice agenda for a New Right—an inclusive, optimistic movement with a positive agenda to fight poverty, promote equal opportunity, extol spiritual enlightenment, and help everyone lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Firmly grounded in the four “institutions of meaning”—family, faith, community, and meaningful work—it is a call for a government safety net that actually lifts people up and offers a vision of true hope through earned success.
Clear, well-reasoned, accessible, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is a welcome strategy for conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas—and for politically independent citizens who believe that neither side is adequately addressing their needs or concerns.
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About the Author
Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, where he also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise. He is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers The Conservative Heart and The Road to Freedom. He is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, and host of the podcast The Arthur Brooks Show. Previously, he spent twelve years as a professional classical musician in the United States and Spain, including several seasons as a member of the City Orchestra of Barcelona. A native of Seattle, Brooks lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland. In the fall of 2019, he will join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Conservative Heart: How We Have Changed the World-But Can't Seem to Get Our Footing 1
Chapter 1 America's Pursuit of Happiness: Why It Is the Central Expression of the Conservative Heart 25
Chapter 2 Why America Hasn't Won the War on Poverty: Spending Trillions Without Moving the Needle Where It Matters Most 53
Chapter 3 Pushing the Bucket: How Honest Work Ennobles and Elevates Us 81
Chapter 4 Lessons from an Indian Slum and an Austrian Ghost Town: Inspiration from a Society on the Make and a Cautionary Tale from One That Disappeared 107
Chapter 5 A Conservative Social Justice Agenda: A Better Way to Fight Poverty 131
Chapter 6 From Protest Movement to Social Movement: A Road Map for the New Right 159
Chapter 7 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Conservatives: How to Talk So Americans Will Listen 179