Has Conservatism Lost its Soul?

-By Warner Todd Huston

For those of you who feel that the conservative movement has lost its soul, the New Centurion Program has begun.

I quote from their webpage:

Typically, programs focus on either intellectual cultivation or communication skills. Our program seeks to synthesize both the wisdom of our conservative heritage as well as the most up to date practical experience from local experts in public policy and communication.

There are specific reasons The New Centurion Program is different from existing programs. First, it is locally based with a local concentration of students and lecturers. While there is certainly an over-arching theoretical basis to the coursework, that theoretical knowledge will be focused on local issues. Our Centurions do not have to travel to Auburn University or Washington D.C. – we bring the course to them. We plant roots in a community. Our students ages range from 18 – 70.

When a movement is lacking vision or a mission – as many conclude is the current state of the conservative movement; one must believe that by going back to the beginning and teaching the foundations of conservatism, providing individuals with a wealth of resources and reference materials and supportive relationships to facilitate that intellectual journey; it provides the analytical and practical tools necessary for individuals to grow and lead.

This is not a class for a grade. This is a course for an “experience;” a journey. This is not a campaign school. There are many other institutions that are great at providing these type of tactics and strategies – that is not our purpose.

So, what are we? In a nutshell – we provide the environment where “book smarts meet street smarts.”

I, for one, have always harped on education for conservatives being the bedrock upon which we can build. And that, without that knowledge, we are doomed to failure as well as doomed to be short lived. If we do not teach our young people the true values and underlying principles of the conservative movement, along with the logic and history to those principles, we simply cannot continue to create new conservatives into the future.

Conservatives have been the only ones with ideas since Barry Goldwater strode the national stage. Liberals have failed to keep up with scholarship and intellectual pursuits where conservatives have excelled, undermining the leftist movements world wide.

Check out this new group. It is sure to be worth your time.


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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