ST. GEORGE – A new book by Brigham Young University law student Sara Jarman and BYU political science professor Brent Gilchrist explores the need for politically effective authentic conservatism.
“Elephants on the Rampage – The Eclipse of American Conservatism” was published Oct. 25.
Conservative Americans are having an increasingly difficult time defining what their ideology means, especially after the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Jarman said in a press statement.
“The Republican Party seems in an inner struggle to understand itself and then to communicate this to the American electorate,” she said.
The book explains the necessity to the American polity of a politically effective authentic conservatism, Jarman said. Without conservatism’s reliance upon traditional values, political systems become easily hijacked by demagoguery and other extreme elements.
The book presents an appeal for recognizing and nurturing authentic conservatism in the present that is intended to serve the end of political balance, Jarman said in the statement.
“We explain the necessity of authentic conservatism within modern politics not because we hold conservative tenets to be true or because we are conservatives — we are not,” Jarman said.
“Rather, we maintain that a sufficient element of society must be truly conservative for balance to be maintained, for choice and political stability, for the health of modern politics and their pursuit of the good.”
Maintaining political balance between effectively different and viable alternatives is the key to political stability and the pursuit of truly political ends, being human happiness, Jarman said, and this is a key argument presented in the book.
About the authors:
Jarman is currently a law student at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, according to the press statement.
She was previously a journalist and online content manager for KSL.com, an NBC-affiliated news network and website and has published articles in The Daily Caller, The Hill and other publications.
Jarman has worked as a content marketing manager for various businesses and graduated with honors from Brigham Young University.
Gilchrist holds a doctorate in political science and political philosophy from Carleton University. He taught at Brigham Young University, Pittsburg State University and Carleton University.
Gilchrist authored “Cultus Americanus: Varieties of the Liberal Tradition in American Political Culture 1620-1865,” published by Lexington Press in 2006, the statement said.
He taught political philosophy at Utah State University; Gilchrist passed away in September of 2016.