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Doesn't a Thesis Need to be Defended?

2:15 PM, Sep 28, 2009 • By JIM PREVOR
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Discussion of how public policy can and should be used to encourage the kind of society congenial to democracy, increased prosperity, and civil behavior is inevitably going to involve thinking about the kind of society we want to have and preferring some outcomes over others. George Will used to refer to this line of thought as statecraft as soulcraft.

If conservatives running for office are unwilling to stand up for these ideas then, domestically, at least, they are left running on purely prudential economic grounds. That may work this year, but should conservatives require a recession to facilitate electoral victories?