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1. Understanding the Conservative Mind

Conservatism is not an ideologically-based political philosophy such as liberalism, or Marxism, or libertarianism. It’s not a political system. It’s not a “thing”; it’s more of a view.

By Paul T. Mero
from a 2009 speech

Thank you for having me here tonight. I don’t know many people in Logan, nor do I know Logan that well, but what I know I love. I also feel fortunate to be able to talk about conservatism. I wish we had hours at our disposal. But in the short time we have together, my hope is that you’ll be able to walk away with a better understanding of who you are and what you believe in relationship to the meaning of conservatism.

It might surprise you to hear me say that conservatism isn’t easy to pin down. And it’s not easy to pin down because conservatism is not an ideologically-based political philosophy such as liberalism, or Marxism, or libertarianism. In fact, one scholar describes conservatism as the “negation of ideology.” It’s not a political system. There is no such thing, really, as a “conservative government.” It’s not a “thing”; it’s more of a view.

Abraham Lincoln described it as the “adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried.” Ambrose Bierce defined it in his Devil’s Dictionary as “a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.” John Stuart Mill called conservatives “the stupid party.” And Edmund Burke referred to conservatism as “the wisdom of our ancestors.” He said, “The individual is foolish, but the species is wise.”

And the godfather of American conservative intellectuals, Russell Kirk, wrote that conservatism “is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the order of the commonwealth.” He went on to write that “the conservative movement or body of opinion can accommodate a considerable diversity of views on a good many subjects, there existing no [acid test] or Thirty-Nine Articles of the conservative creed. In essence,” he concludes, “the conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and old Night.”

To read the rest of Paul Mero’s speech, click here for the PDF.

 

2. Coming Up …

On Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., Sutherland will host a repeat of our Responsible Citizen Course:

“Articles, Amendments and Aspirin:
Understanding Utah’s Constitution
(Without Getting a Headache)”

This class will be held at Sutherland’s headquarters. It costs $10 for the public but is free for those who join the Responsible Citizen Exchange.

If you have any questions, please contact Keven Stratton at 801-355-1272 or by email atRCE@sutherlandinstitute.org.

Constitutional expert William C. Duncan will present an introduction to the Utah Constitution and a discussion of the history and little-known facts surrounding it. Come learn how this 115-year-old document continues to shape Utah’s political landscape.

 

3. Sutherland Is Hiring

Sutherland is seeking to hire a manager of donor relations and a multimedia reporter.

Manager of Donor Relations

Sutherland Institute seeks a manager of donor relations to reach out to our growing network of supporters across the nation. This role will report to the director of development.

The manager of donor relations will:

•Work closely with the director of development and senior leadership team to implement an integrated fundraising strategy, including individual, foundation and corporate supporters
•Identify and develop long-term relationships with existing supporters and key prospects
•Solicit current and prospective donors for financial support for SI
•Interact with donors through telephone calls, one-on-one visits, and written correspondence to keep them informed of our work
•Utilize fundraising database to ensure current data on donors, gifts, and prospects
•Track progress and analyze results

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

•Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be a self-starter
•One to three years of experience in fundraising
•Experience interacting with individual donors preferred, but not required
•Notable relationship building skills and an outgoing, friendly personality
•Excellent communication skills, in particular, writing skills
•Ability to multi-task, organize numerous moving parts of a project, and meet deadlines
•Deep understanding of and commitment to the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility
•Experience with databases and basic Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
•Ability to travel on a regular basis
•Bachelor’s degree

This position will require travel throughout Utah. Expected travel: up to 60 percent at times. This is a full-time position with a full benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a cover letter that details their philosophical interest in the organization’s mission to Sutherland Institute at si@sutherlandinstitute.org. The cover letter should include salary preferences.

Multimedia Reporter

Sutherland Institute seeks a full-time multimedia reporter to use video journalism to create easy-to-understand, brief and interesting policy reports. This role will report to Sutherland’s director of communications.

Sutherland’s objective is to use video journalism to educate Utahns about how state and local governments affect their lives.

Preferred Attributes

•Journalistic instincts; ability to identify and develop good stories
•Strong work ethic
•Knowledge of video equipment and editing software
•Good writing skills and the ability to create a compelling story
•Mature interpersonal communications skills
•Ability to multitask, organize numerous moving parts of a project, and meet deadlines
•Deep understanding of and commitment to conservative principles and solutions
•Bachelor’s degree

This is an entry-level, full-time position with a full benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a cover letter that details their philosophical interest in the organization’s mission to Sutherland Institute at si@sutherlandinstitute.org. The cover letter should include salary preferences.

 

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