Attn, DC Area Readers: Fuse This, Mofo! (Debate on Liberaltarians, Etc, Thurs. Night)


Here's an event worth checking out:

The Future of Fusionism

January 25, 2007 | America's Future Foundation

Sponsored by the Don and Paula Smith Family Foundation.

The attempt in the 1950s and 1960s to reconcile the philosophical divide between traditionalists and libertarians-dubbed "fusionism" by National Review's Frank Meyer-was politically successful, culminating in the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. In recent years, however, that broad coalition has shown signs of fraying amidst conservative frustration with Republican governance. What is the future of the alliance for 2008-and beyond? To create a winning coalition for limited government, should traditional conservatives accommodate libertarians, or vice versa? Is a new liberal-libertarian, or "liberaltarian," coalition possible?

Panelist include: David Boaz, executive vice president, Cato Institute; Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor, National Review; Brink Lindsey, vice president for research, Cato Institute; and, Jonathan Chait, senior editor, New Republic. This discussion will be moderated by David Kirby.

The event will take place at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. A brief reception will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by the discussion from 6:30 pm to 8pm. This AFF event is free for members and $5 for non-members.

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  1. I notice a telling absance of Jeff Lorber. Why is this?

  2. What -if any- food and beverages will be provided at the reception? I’m way south of D.C. but I am curious as to what kind of spread the Don and Paula Smith Family Foundation will spring for.

    The discussion part seems kind of stupid.
    How can there be a “liberaltarian fusion”
    when the lefty liberals are more hostile to
    libertarian views than they are to conservative/Republican ideology?

  3. I predict a whole lot of ‘we don’t need those assholes’ from both Chait, and Ponnuru.

  4. On a completely unrelated note…

    has anyone else seen the dust up over the new Dakota Fanning movie “Houndog”?

    See also here

    Go Bears!

  5. I may have missed it, so where do I find the results (or if I’m really lucky, a transcript of video) of the debate?

  6. This is probably much too obvious to need saying, however:

    The word ‘liberaltarian’ is stupid and ugly, and anyone who advocates its use must secretly want the movement it represents to fail.

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