Providing an often-overlooked historical perspective, Gordon Lloyd and David Davenport show how the New Deal of the 1930s established the framework for today's US domestic policy and the ongoing debate between progressives and conservatives. They examine the pivotal issues of the dispute, laying out the progressive-conservative arguments between Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s and illustrating how those issues remain current in public policy today. The authors detail how Hoover, alarmed by the excesses of the New Deal, pointed to the ideas that would constitute modern US conservatism and how three pillars-liberty, limited government, and constitutionalism-formed his case against the New Deal and, in turn, became the underlying philosophy of conservatism today. Illustrating how the debates between Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover were conducted much like the campaign rhetoric of liberals and conservatives in 2012, Lloyd and Davenport assert that conservatives must, to be a viable part of the US national conversation, "go back to come back"-because US history contains signposts for the way forward.
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 135
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"A refreshing read, Lloyd and Davenport illustrate the relevance of Hoover's arguments to contemporary economic and political discourse." --Margaret Hoover, author, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
"As scholars and partisans of the Left and Right ponder the future of conservatism, they will benefit greatly from an unblinkered tour of the ideological landscape (past and present) mapped out in this timely and illuminating book." --George H. Nash, author, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945