Barry Goldwater (1909 - 1998) was the Republican presidential candidate for 1964, and although he lost that contest by wide margins to Lyndon Johnson, his political philosophy has played a large part in shaping the direction of American conservative thought ever since. William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925 – 2008) was six years into his post as the founding editor of THE NATIONAL REVIEW when he penned this Goldwater profile for CORONET MAGAZINE. Buckley enthused boyishly - quoting liberally from the candidate's 1960 bestseller, The Conscience of a Conservative:
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or have failed in their purpose..."
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The Conscience of a Conservative
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