Friday, March 12, 2010

Red Tories in America

Not long ago at "Front Porch Republic," John Medaille published a post entitled "The Red Tories and the Civic State."  In that post, John reported on the efforts of the British thinker Phillip Blond to fashion a new (old) way of thinking beyond the current Left/Right continuum in ways that echo the thought of, among others, Benjamin Disreali and G.K. Chesterton.  That post attracted a comment of encouragement and appreciation by Phillip Blond himself. As a result of that comment and subsequent correspondence, Blond will arrive in the U.S. to lecture at Georgetown University under the auspices of the Tocqueville Forum on next Thursday, March 18, followed by several panels discussing his work and ideas on the following  day. Information about the two lectures can be found below. Any and all readers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For those more far-flung, or locals who may have conflicts, a recording of his Thursday lecture at Georgetown will be available online a few days after the event on the Tocqueville Forum website.

For those who would like to become more familiar with Blond's views (very sympatico with FPR sentiments), see his essay "The Rise of the Red Tories."


Red Toryism and the Associative State: A Radical, New Political Settlement

Thursday, March 18 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: ICC Auditorium
Reception to follow

Featuring Phillip Blond, Director of ResPublica, a public policy think tank

Is there an alternative to the monopolization of society and the private sphere by the state and the market? Phillip Blond will outline his vision of an Associative State: strengthening local communities and economies, ending dispossession, redistributing the tax burden and restoring the nuclear family.

Phillip Blond is the Director of ResPublica, launched by David Cameron MP in November 2009. Phillip was born and raised in Liverpool, and was trained as philosopher and theologian at the Universities of Hull, Warwick, and Cambridge. He was until recently a Senior University Lecturer in Christian Theology and Philosophy but left academia for politics and public policy. He first made an impact on British politics with a series of articles in The Independent and The Guardian and Prospect arguing for a new brand of radical conservatism - in which he allied social and relational conservatism with a transformative, Tory political economy, on which he will elaborate at his lecture.

Roundtable Response to Mr. Blond

Friday, March 19 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Copley Formal Lounge

12:00 - 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 PM Panel 1
Ross Douthat, Op-ed Columnist for the New York Times
Rod Dreher, Director of Publications, Templeton Foundation
Daniel McCarthy, Associate Editor of The American Conservative

2:15-4:00 PM Panel 2
Andrew Abela, Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of Business and Economics, Catholic University of America
Charles Mathewes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia
John Milbank, Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham

Respondent: Phillip Blond, ResPublica
Moderator: Patrick Deneen, Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair Associate Professor of Government, Director, Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, Georgetown University

RSVP for both events or either event
to Tara Jackson at

(RSVP required for lunch on Friday.)

1 comment:

Stephen MacLean said...

I'm waiting--and hoping--for James Schall's perspective on Phillip Blond's Red Tory phenomenon... And Professor Deneen's, too, of course!

I continue to wonder, though, how applicable Blondism is--without either resorting to simplicities focused entirely on civil society or overlooking particulars in the U.S. psyche (as regards taxation and government policy, overt and covert)--to an American framework.