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Constitutional Conservatism by Peter Berkowitz

Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation

by Peter Berkowitzvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Peter Berkowitz identifies the political principles social conservatives and libertarians share, or should share, and sketches the common ground on which they can and should join forces.

Analysis and Commentary

The U.S.'s Lagging Commitment to Religious Freedom

by Robert P. Georgevia Washington Post
Thursday, August 22, 2013

The U.S. must oppose religious repression.

Analysis and Commentary

Do Republicans Oppose Everything Obama Does? Here's a Test.

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, August 8, 2013

The GOP has obstructed Obama's ideas, but the reasons have been philosophical, not partisan. Or have they? A corporate-tax proposal is the tell.

In the News

New USCIRF Chair Robert George: Religious Freedom Commission Is 'Nation's Conscience'

with Robert P. Georgevia Christian Post
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Princeton Professor Robert P. George, newly elected chair of the United States Council on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said his group must act as America's conscience for religious liberty, which is a fundamental part of human dignity.

Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on the Ronn Owens Show (10:16)

with Peter Berkowitzvia Ronn Owens Program (KGO-AM)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Religious Freedom Is About More Than Religion

by Robert P. George, Katrina Lantos Swettvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 25, 2013

A common theory about freedom of religion suggests that such a value is grounded in a modus vivendi, or compromise: People agree to respect each other's freedom in order to avoid religiously motivated strife.

Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on BookTV

with Peter Berkowitzvia C-Span2 Book TV
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on Forum with Michael Krasny

with Peter Berkowitzvia Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on Power Play (23:12)

with Peter Berkowitzvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show (29:08)

with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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The Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society is no longer active as of August 31, 2013. This page will not be updated with future posts.

Endangered Virtues Essay Series

The Endangered Virtues essay series, written by members of the Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, rests on the conviction that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension therein. Such virtues are discussed in this set of essays.

Endangered Virtues book cover

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society launches essay series

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them. . .

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Harvey Mansfield

Hoover's Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society Hosts Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Discussion at the Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society meeting during June 8 and 9 covered a range of topics, including political philosophy, U.S. political history, the social costs of Internet pornography, and President Barack Obama’s way of thinking.

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Robert P. George

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner was held on Tuesday, January 5. Task force member Robert P. George delivered before-dinner remarks titled “Academic Reform: A How-to Guide.”

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Virtues of a Free Society Task force member Bill Damon

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society Dinner

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hoover

The Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner was held in the Nicolas de Basily Room of the Hoover Tower on June 9. Task force member Bill Damon delivered before-dinner remarks on his most recent book, The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life.

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The Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society is no longer active as of August 31, 2013. This page will not be updated with future posts.

The Virtues of a Free Society Task Force examines the evolution of America’s core values, how they are threatened, and what can be done to preserve them.

The task force’s aims are to identify the enduring virtues and values on which liberty depends; chart the changes in how Americans have practiced virtues and values over the course of our nation’s history; assess the ability of contemporary associations and institutions—particularly schools, family, and religion—to sustain the necessary virtues; and discuss how society might nurture the virtues and values on which its liberty depends.

Peter Berkowitz and David Brady served as cochairs of the Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society.

Significant gifts for the support of this task force are acknowledged from

  • Boyd and Jill Smith
  • William E. Simon Foundation