Sutherland Newsletter – March 8, 2007

1.Richard Weaver and the Limits of Modernity

Richard Weaver and the Limits of Modernity is the latest essay in Sutherland Institute’s original series on Defining Conservatism.  “Richard Weaver is an important conservative thinker because of his strong critique of the conceits of modern trends such as the destruction of traditional restraints, the push for uniformity, and the menacing role of the modern state,” said William C. Duncan, Sutherland Adjunct Fellow and director of the Marriage Law Foundation.  “Although his arguments will strike many as strong medicine, they are vastly relevant now.”


The Defining Conservatism series includes short biographies of key historical figures, especially those from the American conservative intellectual movement.  The essays also focus on authentic conservative principles and on the analysis of public policy from a conservative perspective.


2.Sutherland’s Director of Operations Addresses Rotary Club

Addressing the Provo Rotary Club on February 22, 2007, Sutherland’s Director of Operations, Lyall Swim, highlighted Ben Franklin’s political philanthropy and the value and purpose of the Sutherland Institute.


Excerpts from Swim’s address:

“In the Junto [an early-American version of the Rotary Club], Franklin lit the torch of social, economic, and political philanthropy that has been a cornerstone of the success of the great American experiment: individuals of goodwill looking for ways to improve life for their fellow mankind with their own means, thus serving as an important check on the growth of local, state, and federal government social programs…


“And so from the beginning, Sutherland is and has been more than just a think tank.  It wasn’t enough just to be smart or right. In fact, at Sutherland you will often here us talk about ideas and policy in the following way: We want to do the right things, in the right way, and for the right reasons…


“Sutherland is much more like a thermostat, an organization with the ability to not only give the temperature, but also then be able to propose and make needed adjustments or changes to the current surrounding conditions.”