This week I welcomed back John Hancock, the author of “Liberty Inherited” the brilliant book about the antecedents of our founding documents. Recently he published another insightful essay, explaining the mis-conceptions that the Regressives have been promulgating about American Conseravtism. In the show we discussed these mis-characterizations, and how the conservatives can fight back.
For more than five decades the myth that American Conservatism, if left unchecked, will result in a fascist state has been accepted as fact.
As John Hancock illustrates in this essay, the origins of American conservatism dates back beyond the Declaration of Independence, beyond the founding of the thirteen colonies and all the way back to the fall of the Roman Empire. Over the next twelve centuries, what would become American Conservatism evolved out of the uniquely English value of conserving traditional liberties from the threat posed by the power of the state. This definition, in itself, means that American conservatism cannot lead to a tyrannical or authoritarian form of government. Get a copy of the essay at John’s website.