American conservatism is at a crossroads. It will be defined by a rising generation of young activists with a diverse array of views. It is necessary, therefore, to begin marking the boundaries of conservatism in the 21st century, to ensure it remains a viable and broadly acceptable political, social, and economic force.
Since the origins of the conservative movement in the mid-20th century, it has been built around different, and sometimes competing, intellectual strains, from traditionalism to libertarianism. In short, the balance between order and liberty has been the pivot of conservative thought. This publication will feature young writers from both ends of the order vs. liberty spectrum in an effort to synthesize a conservatism predicated on order and liberty.
Our mission, however, will not merely be driven by ideology; rather, we will seek to stimulate political engagement among millennials. The millennial generation accounts for roughly 31% of the voting electorate, yet does not show up to vote. We believe a well-functioning republic requires politically active citizens who show up at the polls, volunteer in their local community, and promote issues of public concern on campus.
At the core of Order & Liberty’s mission is education. We will strive to introduce original ideas, challenge preconceptions, and relate past wisdom. The ongoing process of learning is for author and reader alike. As James Madison wrote, “What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?”
Jeff Cimmino, Founder/Editor-in-Chief