The future of freedom is under threat from illiberalism at home and abroad. For three quarters of a century, a coalition of traditionalists, libertarians, and anti-communists fought side-by-side in the name of American conservatism. That alliance is now under strain. During the same period, the regulatory state has grown and metastasized as a fundamental threat to a constitutional rule of law, but some conservatives advocate its embrace as a tool of political war.

At the next Alfred E. Kahn Discussion, we will discuss how to respond to this daunting political and cultural challenge. John Hood, president of the John William Pope Foundation, will kickstart the conversation on the importance of reclaiming shared American values of liberty and virtue in contemporary policy debates. CEI’s Iain Murray will respond with brief remarks on the implications of global realignment trends. Following opening remarks, there will be a roundtable conversation on tactics, strategies, and a path forward.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Invitation only. Questions? Please contact [email protected].

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation. He cofounded the John Locke Foundation in 1989 and continues to serve on its board. Hood teaches at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He also serves on the faculty and as board chair of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, as co-chair of the North Carolina Leadership Forum at Duke University, as vice-chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, and on the boards of directors of the State Policy Network, the Student Free Press Association, and North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform. Hood serves on the foundation board of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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