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The 2010 Bradley Symposium: Tea Time: Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?

The 2010 Bradley Symposium: Tea Time: Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?

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 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 this new populist energy without compromising its essential principles?

Program and Panel, hosted by Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs

Welcome by National Affairs’ Yuval Levin
Introduction by William Kristol, Weekly Standard

Panel Discussion

Question-and-answer session


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Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), Panelist

Richard Army, Panelist

FreedomWorks chairman and former House Majority Leader

Michael Barone, Panelist

Washington Examiner senior political analyst and co-author of Almanac of American Politics

Jonah Goldberg, Panelist

journalist and author of Liberal Fascism

William Kristol Moderator

Founder and Editor, Weekly Standard

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