Political Theory

Frank S. Meyer and Fusion of Freedom and Tradition


This conference examined the thought and influence of Frank S. Meyer, political activist and editor of the National Review, who was best known for trying to fuse traditional conservatism and libertarianism into a united, coherent political and intellectual force. Readings included Meyer’s In Defense of Freedom and many essays that originally appeared in National Review, as well as the critiques of traditional conservatives such as L. Brent Bozell and Russell Kirk and of libertarians such as Murray Rothbard.


Conference Readings

A Nation of States: Essays on the American Federal System. Edited by Robert A. Goldwin. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1963.

Bottum, Joseph, "Social Conservatism and the New Fusionism." in Varieties of Conservatism in America, Edited by Peter Berkowitz, . Stanford: Hoover Institute Press, 2004.

Bozell, Brent, "Freedom or Virtue." in Freedom and Virtue: The Conservative/Libertarian Debate, Edited by George W. Carey, 20-37. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 1998.

Buckley, William F. "To the Editor." National Review (July 27, 1965): 661.

Gottfried, Paul. "Toward a New Fusionism." Policy Review (Fall 1987): 64-70.

Hamowy, Ronald. "Liberalism and Neo-Conservatism: Is a Synthesis Possible?" Modern Age (Fall 1964): 350-359.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Jaffa, Harry S. "Lincoln and the Cause of Freedom." National Review (September 21, 1965): 827-828 and 842.

Kirk, Russell. "Mills' 'On Liberty' Reconsidered." National Review (January 25, 1956): 23-24.

Kirk, Russell. “An Ideologue of Liberty.” Sewanee Review 72, no. 2 (Spring 1964): 349-350.

Meyer, Frank S. The Conservative Mainstream. New Rochelle: Arlington House, 1969.

Meyer, Frank S. "Richard M. Weaver: An Appreciation." Modern Age (Summer/Fall 1970): 243-248.

Meyer, Frank S. In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1996.

Parry, Stanley. "The Restoration of Tradition." Modern Age (Spring 1961): 125-138.

Parry, Stanley. "The Faces of Freedom." Modern Age (Spring 1964): 208-210.

Rothbard, Murray N. "Conservatism and Freedom: A Libertarian Comment." Modern Age (Spring 1961): 217-220.

Rothbard, Murray N. "Frank S. Meyer: The Fusionist as Libertarian Manqué." Modern Age (Fall 1981): 352-363.

Various. "Frank S. Meyer R.I.P." National Review (April 28, 1972): 468-475.

Weaver, Richard M. In Defense of Tradition. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.