Essay on The Defense Of Freedom : A Conservative Credo

1591 Words Oct 4th, 2016 7 Pages
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 this is currently happening in modern politics. In 1962, Meyer published In Defense of Freedom: A Conservative Credo combining traditionalist and libertarian into “fusionism.” “Truth withers when freedom dies, however righteous the authority that kills it; and free individualism uninformed by moral value rots at its core and soon brings about conditions that pave the way for surrender to tyranny,” ― Frank S. 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…

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