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‘The Conservatarian Manifesto’

I have a little personal news to share. I have written a book, which will be published by Penguin Random House on March 10th of next year. It is available for pre-order now. There is a website that has more details.

The book is in part a look at the growing number of self-identified “conservatarians” — those people whose worldview is broadly right-leaning, but who are dissatisfied with the Republican party and with much of libertarianism. I also make some suggestions as to how conservatives can update their offering, propose a framework within which their various constituents can once again co-exist, and take on the notion that there is such a thing as a “social issue” per se. At the books’s heart is a sustained defense of federalism and of a thriving and diverse civil society. Here’s the blurb:

Coming in March 2015, The Conservatarian Manifesto, published by Crown Forum, is a call to arms for the growing population of “conservatarians”—members of the right for whom fiscal responsibility, constitutional obedience, and controlled government spending remain crucial tenets, but issues such as gay marriage and drug control are approached with a libertarian bent. They are vexed by Republicans’ failure to cut the size and scope of Washington, D.C., but they are critical of some libertarians for their unacceptable positions on abortion, national defense, and immigration.

In the book, Cooke engages with the data and the philosophy behind the conservatarianism, applauding the trend as a force that can help Republicans mend the ills that have plagued the party in recent years and sustain the momentum gained in the 2014 midterm elections. Here, Cooke shows the way back to a better and more honest conservatism that champions limited government, reality-based policy, and favor for the smallest minority of all: the individual.

The Conservatarian Manifesto is on sale March 10, 2015 and is currently available for pre-order a or the online retailer of your choice. An exclusive excerpt will be available to everyone on the National Review Cruise.

And here’s the cover:


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