I’ve been a member of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute for about three years. As a member, I receive free a free e-newsletter and a subscription to The Intercollegiate Review, a thought-provoking journal full of reviews and essays relevant to conservatives. I received the Spring ISI Review in the mail today and is the prompting of this post.
In the Editor’s Note, Mark Henrie writes,
The fundamental virtues of economic liberty will need to be rearticulated for a generation which, until yesterday, took rising prosperity for granted. There will also be a particular burden on conservatives to demonstrate the historical warrants for their adherence to free markets…Even as conservatives oppose [government intervention in the free market], however, they must engage carefully with the issues that concern Americans today. For, at length, they must be able to propose an alternative vision that speaks to (and from) what is best in our traditions. While conservative principle are fixed in the realities of human nature, their application is a work of prudence in light of circumstances. Our circumstances have now changed–how much remains to be seen. The next American conservatism will require an effort of moral imagination, which is our perennial vocation.
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