Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday traditio- Andrew Sullivan

Keeping with the order of the traditio's, this weeks edition will be on politics, which is undoubtedly on everyone's mind already due to the release of President Donald J. Trump's budget proposal.

With his ascent to office, many have wondered what the future of the Republican Party and conservatism (they are not synonymous) are, and what conservatism means to begin with. Sadly, it has become a hiss and byword among those who call themselves liberals, and there are in truth very few conservatives left in this country, nearly none in elected office.

In this video, author and blogger Andrew Sullivan offers a defense of what conservatism is. Sullivan is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard, and wrote his dissertation on conservative philosopher Michael Oakeshott. In 2006, he authored The Conservative Soul, which ranks along with Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and John Kekes' A Case for Conservatism as one of the best works of conservative political theory. He also used to blog at The Daily Dish, but retired from blogging in 2015. He is now a columnist for the New York Magazine.

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