Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Update: Conservative Fusion Book Club Meeting Delayed

The meeting of the Conservative Fusion Book Club that was originally scheduled for tonight at my home has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 7:00 PM.

Tonight is the Florida primary and several people who would normally attend wanted to watch the primary returns and live commentary. Also, there were conflicts for the next couple weeks also so the meeting is being put off until February 15. That means that if you think you would like to attend, there is still time to order and read the book.

You are invited to join other conservatives and libertarians is civil discussion of serious books and an occasional debate.   Conservative Fusion meets once a month, meeting  in the home of one of the group members. The organizer and leader of this group is Gene Wisdom. The next meeting will be a discussion of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George Nash. This is the definitive study on the development of the movement, with its various strands. It is truly the starting point in understanding the ideas and figures in modern conservatism. The book can be found, at a really great prices at Amazon. Unfortunately, I got the only copy out of the public library. 
Previous meeting have discussed the books Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg,  In Defense of Freedom by Frank S. Meyer, The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek, and Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. Come share a glass of wine, a snack, a little socializing and and hour and a half of vigorous discussion. Visit the meetup site Conservative Fusion.

While the Meetup site list 30 members, there are about 7 regulars and a couple more people who have attended a time or two.  Once we get a solid core of a dozen or so people who attend regularly this group will be closed to new members. Read some great books and join the discussion.

Future books include:

Ideas Have Consequences (by Richard M. Weaver) 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:00 PM

One of the mega-influences of the early post-war conservative movement, Weaver's book was considered by Frank Meyer (who developed the idea of the fusion of conservatism's strands) as "the fons et origo (source and origin) of the contemporary American conservative movement." As such, I don't know why it sat in my library unread for so many years! Powerful in its arguments, it set the tone for much of the development of conservative thinking. Its subject is "the dissolution of the West". I hope you'll find time to read it soon. You can find it at http://www.amazon.com/Ideas-Have-Consequenc...

The Law (by Frederic Bastiat)

A firm statement against the expropriation power--and nature--of government, The Law is one of the classics that I believe can unite the libertarian and traditionalist wings of the conservative movement. There are at least three editions I find at Amazon. A short but powerful read.

Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock

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