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Conservative Theory Worth Reading

Trump-supporters should actually read conservative literature, because a clear understanding of conservative theory will make you thoroughly anti-Trump. Here's a list of conservative books you ought to read:

Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind"
Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France"
Irving Kristol's "Reflections of a Neoconservative" and "The Neoconservative Persuasion" (the essay and the book)
Milton Friedman's "Capitalism and Freedom" and "How to Cure Health Care" (essay)
Martin Feldstein's "A New Approach to National Health Insurance" (essay)
F. A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom"
Francis Schaeffer's "How Shall We Then Live?" and "Pollution and the Death of Man"
Hilaire Belloc's "An Essay on the Restoration of Property"
Noel Skelton's "Constructive Conservatism" (essay)

If you actually believed in the core insights of conservatism, you'd be leaning towards voting for someone like Andrew Yang. Belief in widespread distribution of property ownership, support for a social safety net, and a desire for ecological sustainability are core ideas that run through the bulk of genuine conservative writings.

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Also add Michael Oakeshott's "On Being Conservative"

"To be conservative ... is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss."