If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, possess a brain, and have not attended at least one of the Tocqueville Forum lectures at Georgetown University… well, I don’t know what to tell you. The good folks at the Forum have been putting together some of the most compelling lectures and conferences available in the area of politics, religion, and morality.
In the past year, they’ve had Anthony Esolen discussing “Catholicism: The Last Hope for a Dying Culture,” Jason Peters exploring “Ecological Decline and Wendell Berry’s Vision of Hope,” Jean Bethke Elshtain on “America and the World,” Ed Meese III answering the question “Is the Constitution Relevant Today?”, and a debate between David Schindler and Doug Bandow (formerly with Cato) on “Economic Freedom and Moral Virtue: Does the Free Market Produce Captive Souls?” And that’s an incomplete list.
Tomorrow from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the ICC Auditorium, the Forum will be hosting theologian and political theorist Phillip Blond as he offers his vision for “Red Toryism and the Associative State: A Radical, New Political Settlement.” This is a must-attend lecture for anyone interested in the new conservatism — and particularly, its intersection with religion.
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.
Ross Douthat, Rod Dreher, Daniel McCarthy (American Conservative), Andrew Abela (CUA), Charles Mathewes (UVA), and John Milbank (University of Nottingham) will offer a roundtable discussion and response the next day. It should be quite an event.