ON-Lion Letter

Just what is conservatism?  Many people are groping for answers, especially as conservatives seem to retreat into factions -- Tea Partiers, traditionalists, libertarians, social conservatives, neoconservatives, and on and on.  But the illuminating book What Is Conservatism?  A New Edition of the Classic by 12 Leading Conservatives, from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), shows what unites conservatives even as it explores conservatism's rich internal debate.

First released in 1964 and edited by Frank S. Meyer, who popularized the idea of "fusionism" that became the basis for modern conservatism, What Is Conservatism? features brilliant essays by such leading lights as:  F. A. Hayek, Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of The Road to Serfdom; William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of National Review and the man perhaps most responsible for the rise of modern conservatism; Russell Kirk, whose seminal book The Conservative Mind gave the conservative movement its name; and M. Stanton Evans, author of the conservative movement's central credo, 1960's "Sharon Statement."

In a foreword to this new edition, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg explains the influence of What Is Conservatism? on conservative thought and the book's relevance today.  "What Is Conservatism? is one of my favorite books," Goldberg writes.  "It is The Federalist Papers of American conservatism."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports ISI, as it does the National Review Institute.

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