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.

We have limited seating for this event. You must RSVP to ensure a spot to