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ISI E-Update March 2010
By: Charles Rector | Newsletter | 11:29am, March 22, 2010

March 2010

“Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

—Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59)

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ISI Book of the Month

Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism by George H. Nash

Ever since Democrats surged back into power, liberals have jubilantly proclaimed that conservatism is dead, both intellectually and politically—and some on the Right seem half-inclined to agree. Conservatives, trying to regroup, now must ask themselves: How did their once-dominant political and intellectual movement end up in such disarray? And where is it headed? The preeminent historian of modern American conservatism, George H. Nash, tackles these crucial questions in the indispensable new book Reappraising the Right. Nash frankly analyzes the causes of the Right’s present discontent and the dangers that lurk ahead, but also reminds readers of hopeful portents that conservatives have overlooked.

ISI Books titles make great gifts for friends and family!


Lecture of the Month

George Kelling, “View From the Beat: How Can Law Enforcement Support Community Policing?

Dr. Kelling discusses community policing and law enforcement at ISI’s conference at John Jay College in New York City entitled “The Rule of Law in a Free Society: Prospects of Law Enforcement.”

Listen or Watch the lecture

$6,000 Essay Scholarship Competition for Undergraduates “Confronting Ideology, Cultivating Conservatism and Its Practice”

ISI invites undergraduates to participate in an essay scholarship competition. Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 2,500 words on conservatism and ideology. In his essay “David Hume and the Conservative Tradition” (Intercollegiate Review, Fall 2009), Professor Donald Livingston argues that “conservatism is a critique of ideology in politics.” As such, conservatism properly understood seeks to overcome putatively autonomous “false philosophy” with a “true philosophy” that is constituted by “reflections of common life, methodized and corrected.” In developing this theme, Livingston touches upon many provocative points of English and American history and presents a novel framework for a conservative approach to practical politics.

During the Cold War, American conservative opposition to ideological politics (“false philosophy”) coincided neatly with opposition to Soviet communism. Since the fall of the Soviet empire, however, the dangers and distortions of ideology have faded from the minds of many, including many conservatives. Based on your reading of Professor Livingston’s essay, how would you describe the dominant “false philosophy” of the present time in America? How can that philosophy’s falsity be shown persuasively? How, in turn, can a critique of that false philosophy avoid falling into ideology itself?

Entries are due by midnight on Friday, May 14, 2010. This contest is cosponsored by the Leadership Institute. For more information and for complete contest details, please visit:

Upcoming ISI Events Near You

“Whose America? National Identity and the Fragility of American Constitutionalism”

Saturday, March 20, 2010
1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The Adolphus Hotel
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Please join ISI for a free afternoon seminar on American national identity and constitutionalism. The afternoon will conclude with a complimentary reception. Guests are welcome, so please invite interested friends and family. ISI books and journals will be available. Dress is business casual. Speakers include Patrick Deneen, Peter Lawler, and Bradley Watson. To RSVP and view more information about the conference, please visit ISI’s website. You can also download the flyer for this event.

Seedbeds of Virtue and Liberty: The Theory and Practice of a Free Society

Saturday, April 10, 2010
11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Allison Mansion at Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1960

Please join ISI for a leadership conference on the preservation of liberty in a civil society. The conference will explore how the love for freedom is imparted to new generations of Americans. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that the vitality of the American Republic was sustained by habits of self-government and the love for liberty. He saw this passion and commitment to freedom infused and reinforced in each new generation by the institutions of civil society—non-governmental entities such as the family, the church, and private business. This conference will examine the role that those institutions must continue to play if the love for liberty is to be sustained. Confirmed speakers include Jean Bethke Elshtain, Peter Leithart, and George Kelling. The conference is free and includes a complimentary lunch. For more details about the conference please visit ISI’s website.

National Identity in an Age of Globalism

Saturday, May 1, 2010
10:00 – 4:00p.m.
University of California, Berkeley
International House, Auditorium
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320

Please join ISI for a day conference on national sovereignty and the implications of a “global community.” The intertwining of economic interests, political concerns, and shared threats to security among nations on the global stage is an unmistakable feature of life in the twenty-first century. Such intersecting and overlapping areas of concern have increased dramatically in recent years—introducing unprecedented challenges to national sovereignty and traditional understandings of international law. This conference will explore the emergence of transnationalism and its implications for representative government, U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence, American economic vitality, and cultural identity. The conference is free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch will be provided.  To RSVP and to view more details, please visit ISI’s website.

From our Friends

The Eric Breindel Journalism Award

Undergraduates are invited to compete for the Eric Breindel Journalism Award, which awards one prize of $10,000, plus a paid internship at either Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal, or The New York Post. The award is given to a student journalist whose work best reflects the spirit that animated the writing of Eric Breindel: love of country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism. All applications must be postmarked by April 23, 2010. For more information, please contact Germaine Febles, 212-843-8031 or or go online to

The Independent Institute’s 2010 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowship Essay Contest

The Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest for junior faculty and students in higher education is held every year. Winners will be announced in October 2010. The 2010 Templeton Fellowships will be awarded for the best essay on the topic:

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” —Frederic Bastiat

Assuming that Bastiat is correct, what ideas or reforms could be developed to make people better aware that government wants to live at their expense?

The submission deadline is May 3, 2010.

Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal

The Russell Kirk Center is accepting applications for its 2010–2011 Residential Fellowship Program. Preference is given to candidates who are engaged in writing theses or dissertations for graduate degrees in fields that are compatible with the Center’s mission.  For information, see and click on Fellowships under “About Us”.

Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project Graduate Student Essay Contest

The student submission in this contest should not exceed 3,000 words, a length which makes for a reading time of about 25 minutes. An abstract of 300 words should be included. Papers that engage von Hildebrand’s work only tangentially will not be considered; they must center around the critical discussion of some theme or problem in his work on love.

Since the goal of the conference is to initiate the critical reception of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s work, The Nature of Love, each entry in the contest should serve this goal. It is acceptable to bring in other works of von Hildebrand; especially his other works on love, but the focus of the paper should remain The Nature of Love. The deadline for making a submission for the contest is April 15, 2010. 

Each winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to present their paper at the conference in Rome. This will include roundtrip coach fare along with lodging and meals for the days of the conference. The Hildebrand Project is ready to make this award to as many as five contestants. Winners will be notified by April 20, 2010.

The Witherspoon Institute’s First Principles Seminar

“First Principles: Moral and Political Philosophy in the Natural Law Tradition” is a two-week seminar under the direction of Thomas D. D’Andrea (University of Cambridge) and Christopher O. Tollefsen (University of South Carolina). The seminar is divided into two courses, which together offer an intensive discussion of the Natural Law Tradition. Students will explore the fundamental principles and premises that inform and guide human behavior both at the individual and societal levels and consider the epistemology of ethical theory.

This year, and for the first time, the seminar will be offered in two sections: one for advanced undergraduate students and one for graduate students who demonstrate facility with the texts and topics. Both sections will participate in lectures on the texts conducted by Professors D’Andrea and Tollefsen.

Please submit applications by April 1, 2010. All questions can be directed to Sophia Pacanowsky at

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