Heritage Scholars Are Reaching New Audiences


Heritage Scholars Are Reaching New Audiences

April 12th, 2019

The Heritage Foundation broke new ground recently with the publication of a scholarly article in Telos, a quarterly academic journal, founded 1968.

“This is the first time a Heritage scholar has been published in Telos,” said David Azerrad, director of Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow. “Dr. Holmes's essay helps to expand Heritage’s sphere of influence beyond conservative circles, which is an important goal for Heritage.”

The article, written by Executive Vice President Kim Holmes, analyzes American historian and activist Martin J. Sklar’s philosophy of the “New Left”—a philosophical movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

“Conservatives should care about the intellectual history of the American left,” writes Holmes. “I am grateful for the opportunity to explore the writings of this remarkable man, whose thinking in my opinion has been underappreciated.”

“Today’s liberals,” explains Holmes, “are heirs of the 1960s New Left movement and its subsequent spin-off, the postmodern left that is highly sectarian (to use Sklar’s word) and wholly dedicated to the illiberal corporatist state originally conceived by socialists.”

Holmes’ article was part of a collection that explored Sklar’s influence on political thought. 

According to Telos’ website, the journal is consistently “at the forefront of the political-philosophical discussion.” Its articles range from studies of dissidence in Eastern Europe during the Soviet era to investigations into the history and ideology of global terrorism and rigorous critiques of authoritarian regimes.