The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

The Conservative Heart How to Build a Fairer Happier and More Prosperous America For too long conservatism has been a movement of the head and not the heart Now New York Times bestselling author Arthur C Brooks offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness

  • Title: The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America
  • Author: Arthur C. Brooks
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  • Page: 175
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  • For too long, conservatism has been a movement of the head and not the heart Now New York Times bestselling author Arthur C Brooks 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 Many Americans today see two dispiritFor too long, conservatism has been a movement of the head and not the heart Now New York Times bestselling author Arthur C Brooks 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 Many Americans today see two dispiriting political choices ineffective compassion on one side and heartless pragmatism on the other Progressives have always presented themselves as champions of the poor and vulnerable But they have not succeeded and people are hopeless and dependent on government Meanwhile, conservatives possess the best solutions to the problems of poverty and declining mobility Yet because they don t speak in a way that reflects their concern and compassion, many Americans don t trust them Americans know that outmoded redistribution yields poor results and does little for the pursuit of happiness But there seems to be no conservative alternative that looks out for those struggling to get by.Arthur Brooks, one of the country s leading policy experts and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, has considered these issues for decades Drawing on years of research on the sources of happiness and the conditions of human flourishing, Brooks presents a social justice agenda for a New Right Proposing a set of practical policies firmly grounded in the four institutions of meaning family, faith, community, and meaningful work Brooks describes a government safety net that actually lifts people up, and offers a vision of true hope through earned success.Brooks argues that it is time for a new kind of conservatism, one that fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, and extols spiritual enlightenment It is an inclusive, optimistic movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier and fulfilling lives.Clear, well reasoned, accessible, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is a welcome new 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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    1. Thought Provoking Book Every Liberal Should ReadI am a liberal quite frustrated with what has become of the left. I picked this book up when recommended it but I was not sure what I expected from the book. What I found was that I kept nodding along in agreement with his much of his analysis and quite a lot of his prescription. Two things really surprised me. The first is that I had been trying to really grasp why some conservatives hated Obama so much and until I read Brooks' take on it, I had [...]

    2. Clear, useful, and constructive points about conservatism. Full of arguments about strengthening conservative ideals in American politics.At first I wasn't crazy about this book -- in the opening chapters his ideas felt too broad, his claims too generalized (conservatives are more compassionate?). He was painting with broad strokes, and it didn't sit right with me. I was agreeing on principle, not practically, down to the nitty-gritty.But eventually he used real-life examples to demonstrate his [...]

    3. If, like me, you're a liberal trying to understand where conservatives are coming from, this book is a good place to start. His focus on the pursuit of happiness, as opposed to just high incomes and wealth, is refreshing. His message is that happiness is built on faith, family, community and meaningful work. So far, so good; I can't argue with that.He also takes his fellow conservatives to task for focusing narrowly on economic measures - GDP growth, unemployment, etc. - as the measures of our s [...]

    4. Just finished reading this. As expected, Arthur Brooks delivers another great read on making conservative values more appealing without diluting our message. Do yourself a favor and read this!

    5. (Read as part of the 'Understanding Them'' series). Interesting. Some entirely fair and covetable points. Namely that dear old free trade has improved the livelihood of more millions of people than any god awful -ism or statist venture. I also love its cleaving to the Declaration of Independence, which is a bracing, wonderful text . I also love a bit of Reagan (no fan of his ethics, but anyone who runs the USSR into the ground is on the side of the angels). And that glorious, 'fuck you' truth th [...]

    6. This is a very decent book, I do agree with some of the principals laid out here, such as teaching homeless people a useful skill so they can find gainful employment. However what I find annoying with politics and economics in general, is that these people act like their data is based on science, yet seem to have never studied hard science and the scientific method and thus have no clue how to actually analyze data and conduct experiments where variables are minimized. For example the author cit [...]

    7. Outstanding recitation of conservatism!If you want to know what conservatism is and what motivates conservatives, this is the book you should start with.All candidates for office should be STUDYING this book. It's a recipe for American success, while making sure that none get left behind. It represents the spirit of America and the principles upon which it was founded.It points the way to solving so many of the ills that currently plague us. These include the so-called "entitlements." We need to [...]

    8. Always on the lookout for something insightful from the conservative perspective. Sadly, "The Conservative Heart" doesn't qualify (full disclosure, I only got about 30 pages into this book before I got disgusted with its partisan tone).Brooks first makes the argument that conservatives are more compassionate than liberals based upon IRS charitable donation data. Its actually really difficult to draw any reliable conclusions from that data given that a significant chunk of donations go to the art [...]

    9. Great book for all conservatives and liberals. Liberals definitely need to understand this side (what is argued to be the 'real' conservative heart, not the one you see portrayed on TV and in the news by MSNBC or even FOX News). Which is why conservatives also really need to read this book - as I'm sure a lot of ultra-conservatives would be surprised by much of Brook's ideas.The quick summary is that he thinks conservatives have all the answers, the left is just much better at coming across comp [...]

    10. oh brother i never picked up a book of this ilk before and only did so this time because, with the 2016 election looming, i thought it sounded as if the author had some "strategy" for how the Republicans (conservatives) could more be more competitive not even close the author seems smart enough, but here's what the book says (i can save you a lot of wasted time): as conservatives, we have all the right answers, we're just misunderstood; we don't have to change anything from a policy perspecti [...]

    11. This is one of the better books I have read recently about how to change the dynamics of politics. Arthur C. Brooks is an eminent economist and social scientist who is president of the American Enterprise Institute. He writes about how change must happen on the right in order to break the logjam of gridlock.I'll leave you with three keys and they will require you to seek out the book to solve:1. Collect experiences, not things.2. Avoid excessive usefulness.3. Get to the center of the wheel.Only [...]

    12. I picked this up in an attempt to understand the conservative agenda. I nearly made it to the end but could not finish it. Brooks' ideas about caring for the unfortunate poor are interesting. I have to agree that having work is important for self-esteem, worth and income. Through work we will lessen the need for government largess and for people's dependence on "hand-outs". Yet he does not discuss situations such as Wal-Mart workers who still need government assistance. He does not discuss show [...]

    13. A really insightful summary of what drives Conservatives and how to articulate it. Definitely one I am going to have to return to. It challenged and encouraged me. It is a very important read for our day and age. I found the book both thought-provoking and insightful as well as completely applicable to what I do. Definitely a must-read for fellow political junkies, but I would even recommend it for the politically apathetic. These principles apply to everyone, whether you agree with Brooks or no [...]

    14. This was an inspiring book for me. For years I have felt the frustration and sadness that so many have been "left behind" in our culture, that poverty is getting worse, and that current policies so completely fail those in the most need. This book, written from a conservative view, presents a path to REALLY help others. This is a thoughtful discussion which is a worthy read for anyone who believes in the values of compassion and that all people deserve the tools and path to create a "life well l [...]

    15. A clear statement of true compassionate conservatism, Brooks lays out a positive explanation for conservative ideas. Too often, conservatives foment about what they're against; Brooks shows what conservatives are for - happiness, meaningful work, prosperity, and social justice that unites rather than divides. I highly recommend this book.

    16. So this is NOT what I'm reading or they changed the name associated to the bar code. It's "The Conservative Heart: How to build a fairer, happier, and more prosperous America"That being said, I think every voter needs to read this, not just conservatives.

    17. Arthur Brooks is the kind of conservative this country desperately needs. He is thoughtful, he seems compassionate, and the sphere of people he believes deserving protection and opportunity leaves no one behind. While I have major disagreements with several of his economics views, some of which demonstrate severe cherry-picking or blissful ignorance (Laffer curve, really?), but this is the current president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) talking about poverty, slums, and the dignity [...]

    18. Enjoy the book and agreed with a lot of ideas just hope the 17 or so candidates running for president would reade it

    19. This book is a lesson in economics, politics, marketing, innovation, management, communication, love, happiness, and purpose. I thought this was very insightful book and I appreciated the positive and constructive tone and the call to conservatives to better express their heart. ;) Conservatives are sometimes misunderstood and painted as not caring about alleviating poverty and helping those in need. Arthur Brooks shares stories and examples and research that help to describe how conservative pr [...]

    20. Arthur Brooks articulates what conservativism really is as opposed to the demonized, inaccurate portrayal in the MSM. While Brooks has plenty of criticism for conservatives, it is justified and fair. I am a conservative/right-leaning centrist, and this book makes me proud to be conservative! Thank you Arthur Brooks for tapping into what true conservatism is about: building human dignity through work and self-reliance in EVERYONE not just select groups. I resent and reject how conservatives are c [...]

    21. The audience for this book is Republican/Tea Party minded people and it reads like a polemic that attacks Barak Obama and his foreign and domestic policies, Obamacare, and all liberals/progressives in general. I read this book because someone I trusted told me that it would help me understand the "Conservative" perspective, and what this book did is reinforce my opposition to "Conservatives." Our basic assumptions about the root causes of poverty in America and what it means "to build a fairer, [...]

    22. I read this book to try to understand the conservative perspective more. I grew up in a conservative town and believed I had a lot of conservative beliefs. And in many ways I did, but after reading this book I have been more moderate leaning left for a longer time than I realized.This book shares a lot of values and goals of what I imagine many conservatives agree with. Thankfully, a good friend of mine (who is conservative) read this book too, so that I could ask her some questions about what h [...]

    23. Are the typical conservative arguments regarding the government’s impact on social well-being indicative of a cold, overly pragmatic view of social welfare programs? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, argues that on the contrary, they indicate a deeply responsible and benevolent understanding of how many government programs disincentivize work, personal responsibility, and create scenarios that harm those they are intended to aid. Unfortunately, Brooks notes, how th [...]

    24. Brooks, the President of the American Enterprise Institute, reminds us that it's possible to be a conservative and care about people. He correctly notes that principles like opportunity, family, hard work, religion, and education are consistent with conservative ideology (thought I would say these are universal American principles) and if applied to public policies would do a great deal to lift people out of poverty. However, in order to do that, conservatives would have to demonstrate that they [...]

    25. Arthur Brooks has created a guide for conservatives to express themselves and their fiscal intentions, although slightly flawed. Research of cases covering self-worth and hope litter the pages of this book (as well as football references), and showcase Brooks's good sense of morality. However, Brooks fails to acknowledge the heavy presence of the common day social and fiscal "conservative" in real life, one that does not carry a positive connotation to many. When he fails to bring up this stigma [...]

    26. What a profound and necessary book this is! Anyone who spends any time at all with politically conservative folks knows that the caricature of the mean, greedy old man or woman is the farthest thing from reality imaginable. The conservatives I know are upbeat and passionate about helping people using the power of superior economic and social ideals. And Arthur Brooks captures this mindset perfectly in this book. If everyone who called themselves politically conservative read and implemented the [...]

    27. Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains in this book how conservatives should make the case that their policies are the best for disadvantaged Americans. He understands that a social safety net is necessary to help truly indigent Americans, but that the best way to help disadvantaged people is to give them the satisfaction of earned success through work rather than encouraging welfare dependency. He explains concepts such as this in a folksy matter that draws [...]

    28. I found this book very inspiring--he really elucidated the reasons why conservatism, at its heart (by giving purpose to people's lives through the value of work, and that no job is too menial--everything has purpose if you let it) is about value, generosity, and hard work. I just really loved his approach to the subject, and his person background (former musician) that reminded me of my libertarian husband. Thought provoking and patriotic, and realistic about people's human motivations, and why [...]

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