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A new book sheds light on -- well some lesser known conservatives.
Who helped secure freedom during -- revolutionary war.
Every bit as important says it's -- Washington Jefferson and Adams join me now is David -- Professor of NYU's Polytechnic institute author of this brand new book.
It is the founding conservatives how a group of unsung heroes saved.
The American revolution congratulations thank you -- and an honor being here well and it's and we wish you the very best of the sport -- of massive success.
Revival of the subject I'd love your thinking on it let let's start with.
You you point out the three main arguments and and -- just has to go through real quickly.
The founding conservatives save the American revolution just as important issues said.
But who were these conservatives person and why hasn't much till now been made it.
It's a remarkable story of the history of the American revolution is itself -- fascinating subject that we go on and on about.
They saved American -- -- in multiple ways you have Robert Morris who was probably the richest merchant in America he single handedly.
Finance the continental army without him it's clear the army would ground to a halt.
Good Silas -- secured smuggle weapons from France that it -- -- the war.
-- James Wilson and you have governor Morris who -- large parts of the -- constitution.
So these founding fathers are well known to historians but they've pretty much what we left out of popular histories.
The -- -- There are -- -- and we we shouldn't be looking too much to Britain.
The United Kingdom exactly as is the foundation.
-- four conservative Bob -- right.
You say that.
That the first modern conservative was British and statesman Edmund Burke.
Well actually I -- that out.
Most -- actually traced the birth of conservatism back to Edmund -- record British -- -- -- say I actually discovered that everything Burk stood for and set was said about a decade and a half earlier by the American found conservatives so struck me.
As -- actually rather strange and fascinating.
That conservatives which is all about tradition -- -- doesn't even -- the roots of its own heritage.
He's found conservatives founded modern conservatism and in fact I actually argue that modern conservatism was born on July 4 1776.
And in the -- the intellectuals.
Often first preeminent Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson was actually far more radical actually one of the surprising things I discover in the book is John Adams was also touted as conservatives actually quite radical throughout most of the revolution -- changes his thinking and and and conservatism itself -- -- you today what state it's in because I have to me.
Always recognize a conservative.
I think these conservatives he's found conservatives are right about offer to really important lessons the first is that they compromise they they fought tooth and -- let me emphasize that the -- fought tooth and -- for this country.
They were such they were incredible patriots.
It compromise though for the good of the nation they were were they were they put patriotism before politics.
Second lesson they offer is that they were facing -- world changing demographics they were losing voters as.
Read men and from the lower classes and the middle -- to stop the right to vote.
These conservatives sort of losing their vote and they have to -- one thing to get their vote and that was prosperity and they said we will bring market free market capitalism to America.
And that will make this country strong and -- the people rich and that's how they won elections in these modern conservatives as we look around this.
Brilliant engage -- But think of service -- similar similar tension today.
How do you deal with the changing electorate and how do you stay relevant -- we're gonna -- that just answered David -- the book is the founding conservatives by.
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