Dr. Richard Bishirjian’s Conservative Rebellion examines the American conservative movement in light of phases of American history in which the life of the American nation took shape from forces and conditions of the American soul.
He argues that the first phase of our common political life was a rebellion that we call the “Spirit of ’76.” That rebellion attempted to preserve the practices, traditions and customary rights of a tradition of self government that developed during the 140 years of the Colonial era. That first “Conservative Rebellion,” erupting in Lexington and Concord, was a conservative rebellion whose spirit shapes American politics and society even today through the American conservative “movement.” The author contrasts their rebellion to the revolutionary political religion of President Woodrow Wilson.
The divisions that trouble American society today were unleashed by Woodrow Wilson’s political religion and continued by Democrat and Republican Presidents alike. The Conservative Rebellion has the potential, the author believes, to replace political religion with lessons learned from the statesmanship of Americans during the Colonial and Founding eras and the mid-Twentieth Century revival of classical political thought.
The renaissance of classical political theory by University of Notre Dame political theorists Stanley Parry, Gerhart Niemeyer and Eric Voegelin and University of Chicago political scientist Leo Strauss is central to the conservative “rebellion” of 21st Century American conservatives. Their knowledge that recovery of political order is necessarily based on recovery of spiritual substance and order of American society, culture and soul is a cautionary lesson that there are no quick fixes to the crises, divisions and failed Presidents of modern America.
Here’s what political theorists are saying about The Conservative Rebellion
Bishirjian ” laments the invasion of neoconservatives into the Republican Party, for they are just big government liberals and foreign interventionists who fled the Democratic Party as the extremist Progressives took it over. Because of neoconservative influence, the Republicans have abandoned their defense of small government.” —Dr. Paul Lewis, emeritus professor of political science, Tulane University https://home.isi.org/what-rebellion
“ Much of Bishirjian’s discussion here will resonate with conservatives who have always opposed ambitious plans to reconstruct the world through the use of American firepower.” —Dr. Grant Haver, chairman, Philosophy Department, Trinity Western University, British Columbia https://voegelinview.com/author/havers
“Bishirjian is something of an optimist. He sees the potential for cultural restoration, hoping our decline will be followed by prophetic renewal.”— Allen Mendenhall, staff attorney, Supreme Court of Alabama http://www.libertylawsite.org/2015/11/23/attuned-to-the-daimon
“Just as it is possible to trace the roots of American order (as Kirk did) so is it possible to trace the roots of American disorder, and this is what Bishirjian attempts in The Conservative Rebellion, a work that is equal parts jeremiad, memoir, and history”—James E. Person, Jr. –Senior Fellow, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/hope-for-a-conservative-remnant
“’The Conservative Rebellion’” contributes important spiritual and philosophical breadth and depth to the current battle for the American soul.”–Aram Bakshian, The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/5/book-review-the-conservative-rebellion
” The revolutionary dream of Babel is age-old. Global governance is merely its most recent avatar. The resistance tends to be unpopular and underfunded. Now and then, it gives rise to imaginative thinkers and institution-builders. The reader should be prepared to digest The Conservative Rebellion slowly and carefully. It should be mined for its philosophical riches. The author has been prospecting this particular field for decades.”–Steven Samson, Liberty University http://sfppr.org/28/a-challenge-to-the-progressive-ascenda