Political Theory

The Fusion of Liberty and Tradition


This conference examined key elements in the development of conservative and libertarian thought in the post-World War II period, including what Frank Meyer called “fusionism.”


Conference Readings

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.

Edwards, Lee. The Conservative Consensus: Frank Meyer, Barry Goldwater, and the Politics of Fusionism. Washington, DC: Heritage Foundation, 2007.

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

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XVII). Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 2011.

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.

Lindsey, Brink, Jonah Goldberg, and Matt Kibbe. “Where Do Libertarians Belong? A Reason Debate.” Reason Online (August-September 2010): 1-15.

McCarthy, Daniel. “The Failure of Fusionism.” The American Conservative (January 2007): 19-21.

McCloskey, Dierdre. “Giving a Damn: The Missing Ethics in Political Philosophy.” Essay written for a symposium on John Tomasi’s FREE MARKET FAIRNESS, Bleeding Heart Libertarians Online, June 11, 2012.

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

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

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

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.

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

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