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Is a Responsible Conservatism Still Possible? Was It Ever?

February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cubberley Auditorium
Speaker(s): 
William Kristol

Tickets (free) will be required for this event. They'll be available via this link on Jan 23 @ 10am.

Is a responsible and constructive conservatism still possible when President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party and conservatism is, apparently, being re-shaped as Trumpism? Or was conservatism always just a kind of disguised Trumpism? In any case, what are the key questions that will have to be answered in the next months and years in order to determine whether American conservatism has a future, and whether American conservatism is a defensible conservatism?

Please join us for a talk by political analyst and commentator William Kristol. He is a founding director of Defending Democracy Together, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to defending America’s liberal democratic norms, principles and institutions. He has long been recognized as a leading participant in and analyst of American politics and has helped shape the national debate on issues ranging from American foreign policy to the meaning of American conservatism.

Kristol was a founder of the Weekly Standard in 1995 and edited the influential magazine for over two decades. Before starting the Weekly Standard, he led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped developed the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Early in his career, Kristol served in senior positions in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations.

Before coming to Washington, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Ticket information will be forthcoming.

This talk is part of the Ethics Center's Arrow Lecture Series, which honors the late Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow, the Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus.

Event Sponsor: 
McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
Contact Email: 
ethics.center@stanford.edu