What thinker or leader has influenced you? And why? Is there an author, or a book, that led you to Conservatism? This year I will be writing a series for The College Conservative where I profile Conservatism's greatest, and explore what they have to teach us as we rebuild a broken and defeated party.
I have a core group of thinkers in mind to start with, but I'm curious to hear suggestions from others. My political "conversion," so to speak, came from reading C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man. Others followed, namely Chesterton, De Tocqueville, and Burke.
The wonderful thing about Conservatism's status as an anti-ideology is that our thinkers are permitted to be eclectic and approach problems from a variety of viewpoints, all the while remaining remarkably consistent. So send me the names of any eclectic dissidents you admire, and why. I'd love to get to know them.