Re: Five Best Conservative Books

by Jonathan H. Adler

The absence of Russell Kirk doesn’t bother me — I actually think it’s a positive development.  The absence of Frank Meyer, on the other hand, is quite unfortunate.  I was also surprised to see Mill’s On Liberty do so well on the extended list.  As far as libertarian works go, it’s okay. but I’ve always found it’s thrust more liberal (in a modern sense) than, say, Hayek, Friedman, or even Rand.  Most of the best parts are a restatement of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s The Limits of State Action.

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