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Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

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Attention Publishers!

I am seeking a publisher for this book in progress, "Conscience of a Progressive."

300 draft pages of this projected 350 page book (twenty-one of twenty-five projected chapters) are online, can can be seen at: www.igc.org/gadfly/progressive/^toc.htm .

In readily accessible and non-technical language, Conscience of a Progressive addresses the familiar right-wing criticism that liberalism is without coherent foundation, lacks new ideas, and is irrelevant to contemporary political and economic conditions. It does so by presenting and defending that foundation, those ideas, and that relevance.  The book  also criticizes the root dogmas of so-called "conservatism" and libertarianism -- in particular, market absolutism, Social Atomism, privatism and minimalist government -- and argues that these dogmas function to secure the power and enhance the wealth of a small and exclusive governing elite, at the expense of the general public..

Conscience of a Progressive affirms the existence of public goods and a public interest, and the necessity of government -- a government that is answerable to the public, and that is established to "secure rights," and "to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." (Preamble to the United States Constitution).

Today, the book warns, the justice, the domestic tranquility, the general welfare, and the rights cited in the Constitution have been substantially eroded, and can only be restored by a determined and concerted effort on the part of the American public.

Liberals and progressives in search of a clear and coherent articulation of their political convictions will want to read this book.

As research continues, the draft chapters will be refined and expanded. All are invited to read the draft as it develops, and are urged to send comments to me, Dr. Ernest Partridge, at gadfly@igc.org .

Work on the book has progressed to the point that it is now time to seek a publisher. If you are a publisher and perceive a potential market for the work, please contact me. If you know of a publisher or can suggest one, I'd be grateful to hear of it.


I estimate that a final manuscript could be delivered to a publisher in late 2007.

Ernest Partridge,

Co-Editor: The Crisis Papers. www.crisispapers.org
Publisher: The Online Gadfly. www.igc.org/gadfly  gadfly/igc.org  .
E-Mail: gadfly@igc.org



Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .