The Tea Party Movement: Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?

Jun 14, 2010, 14:21 ET from Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute's 2010 Bradley Symposium at the St. Regis Hotel on June 16

WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Off-year elections and opinion surveys suggest that the public is increasingly frustrated with the current direction of public policy. It seems to many that Washington is out of touch with the concerns of the American people, pursuing sweeping overhauls of health care, education, and environmental regulation, while ignoring immediate concerns like disappearing jobs and the likelihood of greatly increased taxes to cover runaway government spending. Clearly, ambitious plans for making America anew have provoked a populist insurgency. But how should American conservatism relate to this mood? Does traditional conservatism jibe at all with the populist passions of the moment? Is the notion of populist conservatism an oxymoron? Or can conservatism tap into this new populist energy without compromising its essential principles?

On Thursday, June 16, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal will bring together a panel of experts, including Rep. MIKE PENCE, former House Majority Leader DICK ARMEY, MICHAEL BARONE of The Washington Examiner, and Liberal Fascism author JONAH GOLDBERG, to discuss the question of whether there can indeed by a populist conservatism, as well as take audience questions. Weekly Standard editor BILL KRISTOL will moderate the discussion.



DICK ARMEY, former House Majority Leader

BILL KRISTOL, editor, Weekly Standard

MICHAEL BARONE, senior political analyst, The Washington Examiner and 2010 Bradley Prize Recipient

JONAH GOLDBERG, author, Liberal Fascism


"Tea Time: Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?" the 2010 BRADLEY SYMPOSIUM


Wednesday, June 16, 2009 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, registration at 9:00 AM, discussion begins promptly at 9:30 AM. Video and audio recordings will be available immediately after the event, online at A complete, edited transcript available Monday, June 21, at noon at, or contact Krista Shaffer at


St. Regis Hotel (Astor Ballroom), 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20006


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