ON-Lion Letter

During the next couple of months, the National Review Institute (NRI) in New York City is co-sponsoring regional partnership events in several cities across the country featuring Charles C. W. Cooke, author of The Conservatarian Manifesto:  Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right's Future.

Cooke is a writer for National Review.  His Conservatarian Manifesto is about the movement budding among conservatives to combine libertarianism and conservatism.

In the book, Cooke applauds this "conservatarianism" as a force that can mend the many ills that have plagued conservatives in recent years.  Conservatarians are vexed by the failure to cut the size and scope of government in Washington, D.C., he writes, but they are critical of some libertarians for their unacceptable positions on abortion, national defense, and immigration.   They applaud conservatives' efforts to protect Second Amendment rights -- efforts that have recently been wildly successful -- but they see the War on Drugs as an unmitigated disaster that goes against everything conservatives ought to value.

All movements run the risk of stagnation, and of losing touch with the principles and values that made them successful in the first place.  In The Conservatarian Manifesto, Cooke shows a way back to a better and more-honest conservatism that champions limited government, reality-based policy, and favor for the smallest minority of all:  the individual.

NRI's upcoming partnership events include ones being held with the Charles Koch Institute in Washington, D.C., The Heartland Institute in Chicago, and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute in Madison, Wis., among others.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NRI, as it does Heartland projects and WPRI.

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