ON-Lion Letter
On Wednesday, June 4, the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., will hold its fourth annual Bradley Symposium, co-sponsored by Encounter Books, on the power of ideas, publishing, and preserving liberty and democracy.  During "Encounter at 10:  The Power of Ideas," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Washington's St. Regis Hotel, three panels will discuss commissioned essays by 2008 Bradley Prize recipient Victor Davis Hanson, Hudson Institute senior fellow John Fonte, and Andrew C. McCarthy of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Fonte's essay, "Global Governance vs. the Liberal Democratic Nation-State:  What is the Best Regime?," is now available online.

"The liberal democratic nation-state in general and American constitutionalism in particular will confront what is perhaps the greatest challenge ever to their moral authority and legitimacy from the ideology and forces of global governance," Fonte concludes in the piece. 

"This challenge is 'existential' because it challenges the existence of the American constitutional democratic regime.  It is formidable because it comes from within Enlightenment thought and Western civilization.  It will be the great challenge of the 21st century."

Fonte directs Hudson's Center for American Common Culture.  His forthcoming book, Sovereignty or Submission:  Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others?, will be published by Encounter next year.

After the Bradley Symposium, on the evening of the 4th, the 2008 Bradley Prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
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