Category Archives: Conservative Thought

Conservatism in Utah

Grass roots conservatism in Utah, and the rest of the country, has never been stronger but attacks against traditional values and ideals are a constant threat to our culture of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Under the guise of equality, freedom is threatened everyday by new tax and wage legislation. Traditional values are being mocked in the media. Same-sex marriage is legal in 17 states. Legislatures are limiting pro life protestor’s freedom of speech. It’s easy to become discouraged.

There is hope. Conservatives have fought and won legislative battles to protect traditional marriage, to limit abortions, and to lower taxes. It will be a long and hard battle for conservatism to win, but Sutherland Institute is here to offer insight, analysis, and the latest news about national and Utah conservatism.

Twice as good, half as well, never enough

Tweet Is it more important to stand on principle, or get while the getting is good? Is settling for half a loaf selling out, or a step in the right direction? Does mixing metaphors like concrete weigh prose down, or … Continue reading

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Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

Tweet A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries … Continue reading

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‘The Yellow Bird’ and the limits of liberty

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. English journalist and author G.K. Chesterton once wrote a parable about liberty titled “The Yellow Bird.” In this parable, a Russian scholar, … Continue reading

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What’s fair about equal outcomes?

Tweet Have you come across this phrase before? “Equal people are not free and free people are not equal.” The point of that saying is that no society can guarantee equal outcomes for its members, and trying comes at the … Continue reading

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3 ideas that changed the world

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Standing in a checkout line at the supermarket, I saw a special edition of Time magazine titled, “100 Ideas That Changed … Continue reading

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A vision of love and community

Tweet Here’s a great column in The Atlantic by Michael R. Strain on how love and community can save conservatism. Many on the right correctly emphasize individual liberty, but they do not emphasize what conservatism knows to be true: It … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Founding Fathers pass together on the 50th Fourth of July

Tweet As the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence drew near, twilight was fast approaching for two living American icons. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were dying. Former presidents both, of course, but more than that, the two had … Continue reading

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Conservatives begin with gratitude

Tweet Conservatism is not about saying “no” to everything, nor is it about putting the brakes on a rapidly moving culture. It’s about gratitude. This is what Yuval Levin said upon receiving the Bradley Prize last week at the Kennedy … Continue reading

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Conservatism and freedom: Sen. Lee gets it

Tweet Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered a superb exposition on how conservatism, accurately interpreted and applied, offers the best hope of providing the maximum amount of freedom and highest quality of life for more citizens than any other alternative. Sen. … Continue reading

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Defending the pillars of society

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: Last week, at the Sutherland Institute annual dinner, our special guest was Professor Robbie George from Princeton. Professor George is described … Continue reading

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Scholar Robert P. George speaks at Sutherland dinner on the pillars of a decent society

Tweet Princeton’s Robert P. George spoke at Sutherland Institute’s annual dinner on Tuesday, giving an impassioned defense of the traditional family structure as the key to a free, prosperous and happy society. “Although no family is perfect, no institution matches … Continue reading

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Growth: The new Conservative vision?

Tweet The Weekly Standard recently posted a pair of articles about the need of the GOP to craft a policy and political agenda centered on “growth.” The authors focus on economic growth, but they focus on how that growth improves … Continue reading

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‘The Cause of Freedom’

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: At the 2013 Sutherland Institute annual dinner on April 9, we will release two new publications: a booklet titled The Sutherland … Continue reading

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Debating the future of U.S. conservatism

Tweet Since the 2012 presidential election, there has been an ongoing and lively debate about what the future of conservatism is or should be. For example, Commentary magazine recently published a “symposium issue” containing brief articles from more than 50 … Continue reading

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Foreign relations: the practical case for a conservative view

Tweet A friend posted on Facebook a quote from LDS Church leader Ezra Taft Benson that states, in part: Nothing in the Constitution nor in logic grants to the president of the United States or to Congress the power to … Continue reading

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