Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Just how important is limited government? In the last
quarter century since Ronald Reagan's promise "to curb the size and
influence of the federal establishment" - during which Republicans
occupied the White House for 18 years, held a Senate majority for
16½ years and a House majority for 12 years - the federal
establishment has grown bigger and more influential. What
seems to be a commitment in theory has turned out to be a failure
in practice. Are conservatives not making the right
arguments? Indeed, is there any constituency for limited
government? How ought conservatives committed to limited
government proceed in advancing this cause? Writing in the
Fall 2007 Claremont Review of Books, William Voegeli
suggests conservatives need a new strategy.
William Voegeli is a Visiting Scholar at Claremont McKenna
College's Henry Salvatori Center. He has been working on a
forthcoming book, So . . . What Would Be Enough?
Liberalism and the Problem of Limits. Dr. Voegeli was
previously a program officer for the John M. Olin Foundation in New
York. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Loyola
University in Chicago. Ramesh Ponnuru is a Senior Editor for
National Review. Ponnuru graduated summa cum
laude from Princeton's history department. He has been a
Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a Media
Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
More About the Speakers
William Voegeli, Ph.D.
Henry Salvatori Center,
Claremont McKenna College
With Commentary from:
Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.