During the later years of the George W. Bush administration and throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, a group that came to be known as “reformocons” began arguing that the Right needed to update its policy agenda; formulated to address the circumstances of the late 1970s, it had since gradually hardened into a set of dogmatic slogans. Family, community, traditional religion, civil society, and civic republicanism needed protection and support, they argued. But taking these social concerns seriously did not mean abandoning the Right’s affinity for market economics; it meant putting that affinity to use in the service of empowering working families.

What has come of this agenda? How does the presidency of Donald Trump relate to it? And will reform conservatism be a force in the future? To discuss these questions and more, we were joined by Dr. Yuval Levin.

Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at AEI. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review. Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy, most recently “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream.”

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  1. Joe D. Inactive
    Joe D.

    Great, so this new scion of the Right, Yuval Levin, thinks we should have government do more – dismissing our tired ‘early-Reaganism’ view of ‘government is the problem’ is out dated.

    If we want more government, there is already a party that’s all for it. We need more freedom not less.

    I imagine at the same time he wants to use the government to build up new institutions that interfere with our lives, he’s also against using Tariffs to get better trade deals.

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