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Acton Line podcast: Will-to-power conservatism with Stephanie Slade

With fusionism – the strategic alliance of conservative foreign policy hawks, social conservatives and economic libertarians knitted together in the last half of the 20th century in opposition to international communism – crumbling after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the modern conservative movement has been remaking itself in effort to address the problems of the current day.

One of these seemingly ascendant factions are the so-called common good conservatives.

In an article in the October 2020 edition of Reason magazine, managing editor Stephanie Slade examines the what she calls the “great liberalism schism” that has emerged out of the collapse of fusionism.

And for the common good conservatives shedding classical liberal norms, she identifies a new moniker: will-to-power conservativism, borrowing a concept from German philosopher Friederich Nietzsche.

In this episode, we talk with Stephanie Slade about will-to-power conservativism, who exactly has a claim on the concept of the common good, and what the great liberalism schism means for our politics and society.

Stephanie Slade at Reason magazine

Will-to-Power Conservatism and the Great Liberalism Schism – Stephanie Slade

The biggest problems of national conservatism – Acton Line

The Post-Liberal Right: The Good, the Bad, and the Perplexing – Sam Gregg

Patrick Deneen and the Problem with Liberalism – Sam Gregg

Rev. Robert Sirico responds to Marco Rubio’s ‘common good capitalism’ – Acton Line

Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn is director of marketing and communications at the Acton Institute. In that role, he works to bring Acton's vision of a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles to a wider audience.