ON-Lion Letter
Off-year elections and opinion surveys suggest that the public is increasingly frustrated with the current direction of public policy.  It seems to many that Washington, D.C., is out of touch with the concerns of the American people, pursuing sweeping overhauls of health care, education, and environmental regulation, while ignoring immediate concerns like disappearing jobs and the likelihood of greatly increased taxes to cover runaway government spending.  Clearly, liberalism has provoked a populist insurgency against its ambitious plans for making America anew. 

But how should American conservatism relate to this mood?  After all, conservatism stands for tradition, high culture, social order, and moderation, none of which jibe well with the populist passions of the moment.  Is the notion of populist conservatism an oxymoron?  Or can conservatism tap into the new Tea Party's populist energy without compromising its essential principles?

To try answering these questions, the 2010 Bradley Symposium, hosted by the Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs magazine, will feature Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana; FreedomWorks chairman and former Speaker of the House Dick Armey; Michael Barone, 2010 Bradley Prize recipient, Washington Examiner senior political analyst, and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics; and Jonah Goldberg, journalist and author of Liberal Fascism:  The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change.  The Weekly Standard's William Kristol, another Bradley Prize recipient, will moderate the discussion.

"Tea Time:  Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?" will be on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The St. Regis hotel in Washington.  The Bradley Symposium is held during the daytime before the celebratory Bradley Prizes ceremony at night.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports several projects at the Hudson Institute, including the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, National Affairs, and FreedomWorks.
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