In Defense Of Freedom Summary

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In Defense of Freedom: A Conservative Credo Before diving into this literature, I find it important to understand the author, Frank Meyer. Meyer was born in New Jersey and attended Princeton and Oxford. He later studied at London School of Economics, but was expelled and deported for “communist activism.” Meyer, like the majority of founders of National Review Magazine, was one of the first full U.S. communist activists. It wasn’t until his service during World War II with the U.S. Army, where he read The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek, that he began to turn away from communism and to the right. Meyer has been summed up as “utilizing libertarian means in a conservative society for traditionalist ends.” Later in this essay I will discuss how …show more content…
Meyer. This quote encases Meyer’s ideology. Meyer went on a true pursuit of freedom and came to his own conclusion as a collection of libertarian and traditionalist beliefs (Dionne). Meyer defines freedom as the minimization of the use of coercion by the state in its essential role of preventing one person 's freedom from intruding upon another 's. He believes the state’s main function is to protect freedom and leave virtue to individuals. This has the small government aspect of libertarians and the individual virtue of traditionalists. In order to apply this theory to one of the two major parties of today is difficult. At the time this book was written, 1962, fusionism would align largely with the Republican party. A famous advocate for the fusionism theory is Ronald Reagan. Today, 2016, the parties show signs of shifting again. Fusionism could fall under the Republican party economically and the Democratic party socially. Based on Meyer’s fusionism theory, extreme polarization and time period; I predict our two party system will become obsolete in our …show more content…
The average life span of an American is 78.74. This gives a 13 year window for candidates to target. In 2016, the group who dominates this category has transferred from the “Post-War Cohort” to the “Baby Boomers.” The Post-War Cohort saw a very post-war economy with great opportunities in jobs and education. Their generation also saw the Cold War tension which led to heightened threat levels and uncertainty. This leads to their values largely existing in security and comfort. The first part of the Boomer era included Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, civil rights movement, and Vietnam War. Since they were born into chaos they recognize how far we have come. They tend to have a more positive outlook for the future of America. Towards the end of the Boomer Era the Watergate Scandal happened. This caused the later half of Boomers to loose the optimism and trust in government. This lead to Generation X, or the “lost generation.” There were large numbers of divorce and daycares. They hold some of the lowest voting participation rates in our history. Generation X’s skepticism was dashed by Generation Y. Generation Y is often referred to as advanced due to the advancement of technology. They remain immune to most traditional marketing since they have been exposed to it all since early childhood and therefore are not easily influenced. They tend to be much more racially and ethnically diverse. Their progressive

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