New from ISI:


Critical Insight into the

Factions and Controversies

Dividing the American

Conservative Movement





The Conservative/Libertarian Debate


A Penetrating Collection of Essays

From Key Intellectual Leaders of the Right

That Illuminate the Conflicts Raging within

The Modern Conservative Movement

Edited by George W. Carey


The key development in recent American politics has been the rise of the Right. Even with Bill Clinton's reelection, the conservative-led GOP retains control of Congress; more state houses and governorships are in Republican hands; the trend of party switching among Democratic officeholders continues; and increasing numbers of voters call themselves conservative.

But anyone who wants to understand the Conservative Movement — whether to advance its progress or to resist it — must first differentiate between the various factions generally tagged with the label "conservative" and grasp their strikingly diverse points of view. Now, an incisive new book from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute — Freedom and Virtue, Edited by George W. Carey — sheds light on the the surprisingly bitter disputes which often divide those usually thought of as allies.




The Conservative/Libertarian Debate


The death of Barry Goldwater has focused renewed attention on conflicts between conservatives and libertarians. The man who launched the modern "Conservative Revolution" and laid the groundwork for the Reagan sweep was often attacked by conservatives. The furor that erupted over his endorsement of accepting Gays in the military was only one example of the criticism Goldwater received for "libertarian permissiveness."

The essential issue over which conservatives and libertarians quarrel is whether freedom can exist without deteriorating into license and whether virtue can be promoted without inviting tyranny. Both traditional conservatives and ideological libertarians share a love of liberty and a distrust of government. But they part company over how much government should be allowed to impinge on individual freedom for the sake of virtue and public order.

Libertarians have charged that conservatives are as wicked as the dreaded liberals in wishing to use the coercive power of government to enforce correct attitudes and behavior (even if conservatives and liberals differ on what is correct). Meanwhile, conservatives have decried the libertarian vision of a utopian society in which unlimited individual freedom is the highest goal (an ideal which conservatives see as radicalism equal to the worst excesses of the left).

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