Just a note to say that I have concluded a contract for a new book with Encounter Books, a publisher of a great many excellent conservative books. Check them out at www.encounterbooks.com.
This excellent publisher is steered by the insightful and elegant thinker (and an author of some very fine books himself) Mr. Roger Kimball, who is also the publisher of The New Criterion -- possibly one of the most erudite culture journals in existence (check that out, too!).
The Manuscript will be delivered in spring, and likely published in the fall. I am rather excited about this opportunity as it is the first time I will have published a book in a country other than Canada.
The tentative title of the book is:
The Great Divide
On the Liberal//Conservative Clash of Values in the Western Democracies
The title, and the sub-title may alter, but the gist of the book is an examination of the underlying ideological incompatibilities that exist -- have always existed -- between the political philosophies of modern liberalism and conservatism. I believe liberalism as it once was has mutated badly, which is why I use the word "modern" before it. I don't use that adjective before the word "conservative" because what attracts in this philosophy of life is its timeless appeal.
However, this book is not about party politics at the surface at all. Rather, it is an attempt to illuminate the underlying ideological forces which, although they may in fact surface eventually in the political arena, behave more like the tectonic plates, so to speak, that produce the earthquakes and lava at the surface.
I have so often heard people ask: "So what exactly is Conservatism [or liberalism], anyway?" So I think readers will be pleased to see that there are many sections of this book that include a "Check Your View" table or chart, in which they can check their view of many concepts and issues and see where they stand. These sections compare and contrast the underlying liberal and conservative views: On Democracy, On Human Nature, On Reason, On Natural law, On Freedom, On Individualism, On Religion, On the Family and Marriage, and much more.