Know Your Enemy

The Death of Conservatism? (Part 2)

Episode Summary

We pick up where we left off in our quick and dirty history of post-war American conservatism. Then we discuss the Big Question: is conservatism really dead?

Episode Notes

Special thanks to Will Epstein and The Downtown Boys for providing music for these two episodes. Check them out.

Ronald Reagan's televised "A Time for Choosing" speech in support of Barry Goldwater in 1964:

A choice excerpt:
"Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation. They tell us that by avoiding a direct confrontation with the enemy he will learn to love us and give up his evil ways. All who oppose this idea are blanket indicted as war-mongers. Well, let us set one thing straight, there is no argument with regard to peace and war. It is cheap demagoguery to suggest that anyone would want to send other people’s sons to war. The only argument is with regard to the best way to avoid war. There is only one sure way—surrender."