The importance of ideas

Commentary has just made available online the important essay by James Pierson from its May issue charting the role of conservative philanthropy in the conservative renaissance of the past 30 years: “Investing in conservative ideas.” Commentary’s precis of the essay in the hard copy of the May issue reads: “Philanthropists have played a key role in the advance of today’s governing philosophy, but tomorrow’s remains up for grabs.”
Yesterday RealClearPolitics posted Pierson’s remarks delivered at the farewell dinner of the Olin Foundation on April 6: “Tribute to a generation.” Pierson was executive director of Olin for 20 years, from 1985 until its dissolution. Commentary’s Davi Bernstein notes that Pierson’s Commentary article is similar to the speech, but less specific to Olin.


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