Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Core Of Contemporary American Conservatism

Ken O’Brien

Richard Hofstadter
There is a pronounced tendency to believe that the current gridlock in American politics is unique to our times.

Such a conviction is a vivid illustration of the truth of Santayana’s observation that “Those who cannot learn history are destined to repeat it”.

This November will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
It will also be the fiftieth anniversary of a lecture delivered at Oxford University by Richard Hofstadter.

While it is a reflection on recurrent historical trends in American political thought by those on the right, it speaks directly and with profound prescience to current circumstances.

I recommend it to those on the left and center of the current political spectrum as a means of understanding the genesis of current right wing hysteria.

However, while I doubt that my advice will be taken, I most vigorously encourage those who consider themselves ardent conservatives to read it. After all, the first step in dealing with any disorder is recognizing that you suffer from it.

(Note particularlySection IV, pp. 23-29, and Section V, pp. 29-40)


  1. Thank you for your PDF gift & the Buffalo Springfield Sound track.

    Have you listened to Neil Young's "Harvest" Full Album, Cat Stevens' "Tea for The Tillerman" Full Album or the Moody Blues Full Album @ Royal Albert's Hall...lately?

    I find it's a great way to start the day!

    1. “Anyone who cares about the Truth enough to check what it is will know the Truth. Those who do not care enough will not learn the Truth & will be lost and deserves to be be lost.”

      Please Don’t Forget About: “ Neil Young’s ~ Harvest Moon”!!!

    2. @ Jester

      You are an Absolute Fool & Idiot ; you forgot to mention Moody Blues and on "The Threshold of A Dream" 1969 Full Album YouTube @:


  2. Hi Ken. Good to see you posting again!

    1. "It's not what you look at that matters; it's what you see."

      ~ Henry David Thoreau

  3. So what’s going on with this blog? Is someone taking another sabbatical?

  4. If Richard Hofstadter did this too!

    Neil Young - Heart of Gold (Live at Farm Aid 1985)

    Learn how to Live @:


    1. @ I Wonder...

      I have learned how to live! I go there daily! The soul has NO LIMITS.

      THE MOODY BLUES -- Live at the Isle Of Wight Festival --1970.avi .


    2. I Love Surprises.....

      Led Zeppelin. The Kennedy Center Honors 2012. 1080i HDTV12/29/2012


  5. Truth vs. FictionJuly 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Did you know that "Neil Young" once was part of Buffalo Springfield?

    Do the work & check it out for yourself!

    1. @ Truth vs. Fiction

      Politics and Music have Something Important in Common; it’s called a *CORE BEAT*.

    2. Physical UniverseAugust 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      "For Every Action, There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction." FAB=-FBA."

      ~ Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion."

  6. Perhaps the real answer lies w/The Professor & Director of the Program of International Financial System @ Harvard University Law School, *Hal S. Scott*.

    #1) “One man with a gun can control 100 without one”.
    #2) “A lie told often enough becomes the truth”.
    #3) “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to
    debauch the currency”.

    ~ Vladimir Lenin


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