Fusionism, the synthesis of traditionalist and libertarian thought that has dominated the American right in the post-war era, is in everyone’s sights. The Trump era produced policies that chafed uneasily with aspects of the fusionist consensus, most notably on issues like trade and foreign policy, causing many to question whether fusionism has run its course. And yet, electoral realities render the fusionist coalition a formidable, if not necessary, prerequisite for the right to gain political power. In light of new challenges, should American conservatives recommit to the fusionist program–or forge a new path?
Join us for this special dinner conversation with Helen Andrews and Michael Brendan Dougherty on fusionism’s prospects for revival–or revision–in our current political moment.
Helen Andrews is editor of The American Conservative print magazine and author of BOOMERS: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, and many others.
Michael Brendan Dougherty is senior writer at National Review and author of My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search For Home. Previously, he served as associate editor of The American Conservative.
Opening remarks by: Emile Doak, executive director, The American Conservative.
6:00 pm Reception