The Conservatarian Manifesto: Tour Dates

I will making a number of appearances in support of my new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto (out now). More dates will likely be added soon.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11.30am: Lincoln Club, Los Angeles, California | Tickets available
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6pm: UCLA, Los Angeles, California | Details
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12pm: San Francisco, California | Tickets available
  • Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8am: Austin, Texas | Tickets available
  • Monday, May 18 at 12pm: John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina | Tickets available
  • Monday, March 16, 2015: Washington D.C. | SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6pm: Chicago, Illinois
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6.30pm: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6pm: Madison, Wisconsin Tickets available
  • Tuesday, April 14 at 6pm: University of Georgia | Open to the public (Note: This talk is on the Second Amendment.)
  • Thursday, April 16 at 12pm: Naples, Florida | Tickets available
  • Thursday, April 16 at 5.30pm: Tampa, Florida | Tickets available
  • Friday, April 17 at 12pm: Orlando, Florida | Tickets available

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My first book: The Conservatarian Manifesto

I have a little personal news to share. I have written a book, which will be published by Penguin Random House on March 10th of next year. It is available for pre-order now, in hardback, audiobook (I read it myself), and on Kindle and iBooks. There is a website that has more details.

The book is in part a look at the growing number of self-identified “conservatarians” — those people whose worldview is broadly right-leaning, but who are dissatisfied with the Republican party and with much of libertarianism. I also make some suggestions as to how conservatives can update their offering, propose a framework within which their various constituents can once again co-exist, and take on the notion that there is such a thing as a “social issue” per se. At the books’s heart is a sustained defense of federalism and of a thriving and diverse civil society. Here’s the blurb:

Coming in March 2015, The Conservatarian Manifesto, published by Crown Forum, is a call to arms for the growing population of “conservatarians”—members of the right for whom fiscal responsibility, constitutional obedience, and controlled government spending remain crucial tenets, but issues such as gay marriage and drug control are approached with a libertarian bent. They are vexed by Republicans’ failure to cut the size and scope of Washington, D.C., but they are critical of some libertarians for their unacceptable positions on abortion, national defense, and immigration.

In the book, Cooke engages with the data and the philosophy behind the conservatarianism, applauding the trend as a force that can help Republicans mend the ills that have plagued the party in recent years and sustain the momentum gained in the 2014 midterm elections. Here, Cooke shows the way back to a better and more honest conservatism that champions limited government, reality-based policy, and favor for the smallest minority of all: the individual.

The Conservatarian Manifesto is on sale March 10, 2015 and is currently available for pre-order a or the online retailer of your choice.

You can get the hardback here, the audiobook here, and the Kindle version here.

The iBooks version is here.

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Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?

By rights, the Second Amendment should serve as a totem of African-Americans’ full citizenship and enfranchisement. For centuries, firearms have been indispensable to black liberation: as crucial a defense against tyranny for Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. as for Sam Adams and George Washington. Today, however, many black Americans have a decidedly mixed relationship with the right to bear arms. ›› Read at the New York Times

Democrats in Disarray

When, last year, it became clear that 2014 should by rights be a good year for conservatives, the more cynical among them began to imagine that it was therefore about time for the party’s leadership to scour the country in search of the most unlikeable, inadequate, unpredictable figures that they could possibly find. Somewhere, I supposed acidly, there was a farm that specialized in raising registered Republicans with incurable Tourette’s and a penchant for ventilating on the subjects of rape and armed revolution. From the latest litter would the party draw its candidates and, as in years past, the rest would be history. And yet, in this cycle, it has been the Democrats who have repeatedly erred and the Republicans who have stayed happily out of trouble. ›› Read on National Review Online

Palin the Piñata

Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America’s media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that “hatred of women” plays within the country’s political culture. To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, “gendered” language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, “isn’t a woman, she’s a Republican.” ›› Read on National Review Online