Archive for the ‘events’ category

Antiwar Conservatism Comes to Cato

May 9, 2008

Bill Kauffman’s event yesterday was great fun — a provocative talk from Bill, a friendly rejoinder from Michael Tomasky, and about 20 minutes of audience Q+A, plus a reception afterwards. Catch up if you missed it by listening to the MP3 or watching the RealVideo.

About three-quarters of the TAC office trekked down to the event, where we found, as expected, a great many familiar faces: Jeremy Lott and Stacy McCain of the American Spectator, Jesse Walker of Reason, my Robert Taft Club associates Richard Spencer and Marcus Epstein, Twilight at Monticello scribe Alan Crawford, as well as Cato’s own Justin Logan and Gene Healy, and many others. Lots of people Dick Cheney would like to see in Gitmo, in other words.

Ron Paul vs. the Kochtopus

April 23, 2008

In a friendly game of softball, that is: the Ron Paul campaign team is facing off against the Koch team in the D.C. Think Tank Softball League. Both teams are in the “Free Soil” division.

What’s a Kochtopus, you ask? David Gordon answers.

Antiwar Conservatism vs. Beltway Libertarianism

April 21, 2008

Mark your calendars: on May 8, Bill Kauffman will be debating Michael Tomasky (editor of the U.S. edition of the lefty Brit newspaper The Guardian) at the Cato Institute. Tomasky reviewed Kauffman’s book here. Orange Line liberventionist Tyler Cowen discusses the book here.

There actually are a number of anti-interventionist libertarians in the D.C. area, and I dare say they’ll be out in force to watch Bill lower the boom on the warmongers. It should be a fun event.

If You’re In the D.C. Area, Drop by the Taft Club Tonight

December 5, 2007

The Robert Taft Club is hosting a panel discussion tonight on the society, politics, and the biological sciences with Charles Murray (co-author of The Bell Curve), Tom Bethell (author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science and a senior editor of the American Spectator), John Derbyshire (of National Review), Ron Bailey (Reason‘s science correspondent).

The event runs from 7:30 (panel itself begins at 8, but arriving early is a good idea) to 10 pm in the Fillmore Room of the Boulevard Woodgrill, 2901 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA. Directions here. More event details here. It’s a free event — though we suggest a donation of $10 to help us defray costs — so if you’re in the area, consider attending.

Ron Paul @ The Robert Taft Club, Oct. 11

October 4, 2007

The Five Million Dollar Man will be giving a talk–an educational talk, rather than a campaign event–at the Robert Taft Club next Thursday, Oct. 11, on the topic of a foreign policy fit for a republic, not an empire.  The event starts at 8 pm in the Fillmore Room of the Boulevard Woodgrill, 2901 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia.

Because Ron Paul is white-hot right now and there may be more demand for this event than our space can accommodate, we might have to get strict on the RSVP policy.  So if you plan to attend, please email me at

Taft Club Video, In Exciting Greenish Hues

September 20, 2007

The first part of the video from the last Taft Club meeting (“The Right and the GOP: Can This Marriage Be Saved?”) is posted below. Other parts are available here. A few more parts should be put up soon.

The next Taft Club meeting, scheduled for early October, will feature someone “really perfect,” but I can’t say who just yet. Details when the time is ripe. (No, it’s not the ghost of Robert Taft.)

p.s. Despite my crack about the video quality in the subject line, I’m actually very excited that we have footage, and grateful to R.C. for the filming.

The Taft Club in August

August 3, 2007

If you’re anywhere near the vicinity of Washington, D.C., consider coming to the meeting of the Robert Taft Club at 8 pm on August 21 at the Boulevard Woodgrill in Arlington, Virginia.  The meeting’s topic will be “The GOP and the Right: Can This Marriage Be Saved?” featuring panelists Terence Jeffrey, W. James Antle III, and Paul Gottfried.

Here’s the publicity write-up:

After the Clinton years, many conservatives were cautiously optimistic about the coming George W. Bush presidency—after all, Bush had promised to be fiscally responsible, pursue a “humble foreign policy,” and restore dignity to the oval office.

Instead, the past six and a half years have been marked by a missionary zeal to “spread democracy,” a “compassionate conservative” philosophy in which non-military spending has grown at its highest rate since the Johnson administration, and a de facto open-borders immigration policy. Is this what the Goldwater and Reagan revolutions were fought for?

Social conservatives have received lip service as, in panelist Jim Antle’s words, “Republican stepchildren,” just as economic conservatives and libertarians have begun to wonder whether they might be better off with Democrats in power. The GOP may no longer be the natural party of conservatives—if indeed it ever was.

Join us as we consider whether the Right can—or even should—retake the Republican Party. Has the time come for a third party, or even to consider dropping out of politics altogether? Can Republican institutions still be reformed from within? Our panelists—veteran conservative journalist Terence Jeffrey, American Spectator associate editor W. James Antle, and historian of the conservative movement Paul Gottfried—will take a hard look at these questions and more.


Terence P. Jeffrey is Editor at Large at Human Events and a columnist at Mr. Jeffrey served as research director for Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign, and afterwards became executive director of the American Cause. In 1996, Jeffrey rejoined Buchanan’s team, working as his campaign manager for his second presidential bid.

Mr. Jeffrey was born in San Francisco and graduated from Princeton University in 1981. Between 1987-91, he was as an editorial writer at the Washington Times, where he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.

W. James Antle III is Associate Editor of the American Spectator and program manager of its Young Writers’ Program. He is also a contributing editor to The American Conservative and sits on the editorial board of the webzine Enter Stage Right. Mr. Antle was previously senior writer for The American Conservative, where he covered national politics. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal‘s Opinion Journal, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, The Politico, Reason, National Review Online, The American Prospect, Human Events, and

Paul Edward Gottfried is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of many books, including Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt and the forthcoming Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right.