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Free download Statecraft as Soulcraft ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ [BOOKS] ✭ Statecraft as Soulcraft Author George F. Will – George Will explores how America has become a nation of individuals and interest groups given to unchecked self indulgence which can destroy us as a nEn to unchecked self indulgence which can destroy us as a nation According to Will proper g. Not the book I expected from George Will He argues government should play an active role in establishing proper moral standards in our society He says traditional conservatism cannot be merely a defense of industrialism and individualist free market economics Instead conservatism is about the cultivation and conservation of certain values He goes so far as to argue that conservatism needs an affirmative doctrine of the welfare state to ensure social cohesion and national strength

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Overnment involves the cultivation of good character in Statecraft as PDFEPUB or its citize. A few uotes from the bookStatecraft as soulcraft should mean only a steady inclination generally unfelt and unthought It should mean a disposition in the weighing of political persons and measures to include consideration of whether they accord with worthy ends for the polity pg 94Will diverse and even noble characters flourish in a society in which the political order takes its bearings from the low but predictable passions of men pg 101 102Political philosophy is about the polity which is much than governmental institutions It includes all the institutions dispositions habits and s on which government depends and on which therefore government should strive to have a shaping influence No country is a thing of mere physical locality A hotel is a physical locality; hotels have residents Countries do not have residents they have citizens Democratic government must be a tutor as well as a servant to its citizens because citizenship is a state of mind pg 24

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Statecraft as SoulcraftGeorge Will explores how America has become a nation of individuals and interest groups giv. Statecraft as Soulcraft was the right book at the right time for me I've been thinking deeply about politics and the structure of our society and this book put in the most articulate and complete terms what I feel I've been chewing on I don’t think I’ve ever underlined or starred a text uite so much—often to the detriment of my reading speed First Will makes a great effort to point out that it is not a matter of whether or not statecraft should be soulcraft—that our laws and government should shape the moral sentiments of a nation—but that statecraft is soulcraft—it is an unavoidable fact that the structure of our society shapes its values He is not proposing a new regime of government intervention but recognizing that even in its most laissez faire form government plays a gigantic role in society both in its commissions and omissions He makes a point of this to litigate the conservative idea that somehow government can be totally irrelevant to our daily lives that it can play an imperceptibly small inconseuential role We aren’t choosing between government and no government Will argues but good government and bad government The state is here to stay so let’s work with it Will’s central argument is that government should consider the values virtue and character of its people in the process of governing and should make efforts to instill the beneficent attributes of moderation social sympathy and a willingness to sacrifice private desires for public ends Rather than giving particular policy prescriptions Will suggest that this should be a general concern of policy makers—a lens through which they evaluate policies not a consolidated program of bills to pass It is less tactical and strategicIf there is a villain in this treatise it is the intellectual strain of individualism and self interestedness that has—in Will’s mind—run amok over the last 200 years This intellectual tradition beginning with Machiavelli and Hobbes runs counter to the philosophies of the ancient Greeks Whereas Aristotle asked “what is the highest calling of man and society” Machiavelli was interested in the acuisition maintenance and application of political power while Hobbes spoke of the nasty insecure state of nature and man’s desire to join into political union out of rational self interest—not any devotion to higher ends From these two men sprout the Western political philosophy of Locke Paine Jefferson and the like They argue that the goal of government and I’m painting in broad strokes here is to design and manage a system that 1 protects individual freedom 2 purposes the self interestedness of man towards the common good We assume poorly of human nature and try to work around itThis philosophy manifests itself in a system of capitalism where the invisible hand of the market driven by the accumulated decisions of the self interested pushes society towards ever higher standards of prosperity and opportunity But it is a philosophy that cannot exactly come to grips with the abuses within the system If it is a virtue to allow man to pursue his self interest then how can we judge his actions if they are self interested Will points out that this debate came to its great crescendo in the mid 19th century with Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln Douglas argued that it was the South’s right to pursue it