UnknownLast night at the luxurious AEI headquarters in Washington DC, Templeton Press hosted an event for their new book The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell.

On the panel, a few funny conservatives you may have heard of: Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, James Lileks, Jonathan V. Last, Christine Rosen, and P.J. O’Rourke.

The panelists agreed that America is badly in need of moral resuscitation, and each made his or her own case for a crucial virtue that ought to guide American society. Temperance, fellowship, justice, continence, hope, and courage were among the virtues heralded in this lively event. In the end, participants agreed that humor is among the most important virtues. According to Jonah Goldberg, humor keeps all of the other virtues in check by preventing them from becoming “absolutely terrifying.”

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Rob gave the best pitch for his virtue, but I’ll still vote for the virtue of not talking during the main feature.

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    • October 30, 2014, at 3:29 AM PDT
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  2. Hartmann von Aue Member

    The difference between revenge and justice is the personal nature of revenge. It is fundamentally self-serving. Justice by way of contrast is inherently impersonal. It’s target is the failure to act in accord with moral law, not an offense against the person as an individual. When you punch a guy who cut you off in traffic, that’s revenge. When you punch a guy because he nearly killed a lady (whom you don’t know) with four children in her minivan by cutting them off in traffic, that’s justice.

    “Heights is the most rational of fears.”- Thanks. I feel vindicated.

    “That person needs to go.”- I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Long.

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    • October 30, 2014, at 8:32 AM PDT
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  3. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    Why is Owen Wilson on the cover of this book?

    • #3
    • October 30, 2014, at 9:35 AM PDT
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  4. SWBart Member

    Rob’s “focus on the cash” comment reminded me of my two rules for living. The first being Always take the cash.

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    • October 30, 2014, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  5. Dan Hanson Thatcher
    Dan HansonJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Toughest.Crowd.Ever. There were some truly funny lines that were met with stony silence.

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    • October 30, 2014, at 8:30 PM PDT
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