Peter Viereck

"Conservatism, above all, means roots. Yet these "conservatives" are conserving not roots by a rootless nostalgia for roots. Millions of small Churchills actually felt and lived roots. England resisted its fascists (Oswald Moseley) better than Weimar because Weimar lacked democratic roots."

Peter Viereck, Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment

President Theodore Roosevelt

"Now do not think I believe that to be moderate and to show wisdom and common sense means ever to be half hearted, or means that the "root and branch" policy is not sometimes the wisest and indeed the only wise policy. Lincoln was not half hearted."

President Theodore Roosevelt, Letter to Charles Dwight Willard (May 28, 1901)

Arthur Larson

This is not the Center in the European sense of an uneasy and precarious mid-point between large and powerful left-wing and right-wing elements of varying degrees of radicalism. It is a Center in the American sense of a common meeting-ground of the great majority of our people on our own issues, against the backdrop of our own history, our own current setting and our responsibilities for the future.

Arthur Larson - A Republican Looks at His Party

Joseph Schumpeter

"It is particularly understandable in the young and in those intellectual denizens of our newspaper world to whom the gods seem to have granted the gift of eternal youth. Panting with impatience to have their innings, longing to save the world from something or other, disgusted with textbooks of undescribable tedium, dissatisfied emotionally and intellectually, unable to achieve synthesis by their own effort, they find what they crave for in Marx."

Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942)

President Ronald Reagan

"Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don't agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world."

-President Ronald Reagan

Eric Hoffer

"There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization. The practical organization offers opportunities for self-advancement, and its appeal is mainly to self-interest. On the other hand, a mass movement, particularly in its active, revivalist phase, appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. A mass movement attracts and holds a following not because it can satisfy the desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy the passion for self-renunciation. People who see their lives as irremediably spoiled cannot find a worth-while purpose in self-advancement."

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, Harper and Brothers, 1951