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The Idea of Conservatism

Weeks ago, I sat down for a long interview at CBC Radio. It was a deeply nostalgic experience for me. The atrium of the CBC is named for my mother, Barbara Frum. The interviewer was Max Allen, who once produced my mother's radio show, As It Happens . For that reason, perhaps, we had an …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday November 17, 2011

Watch Frum Discuss Conservatism on`The Agenda'

On November 7th, I joined a roundtable hosted by Steve Paikin on TVO's The Agenda . The roundtable was joined by Phillip Blond, Jonathan Kay, Gerry Nicholls, and David Warren. We discussed the future of conservatism, and the different brands of conservatism in America, the United Kingdom, and …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday November 8, 2011

An Idea for Republicans, Ctd

Last Friday I talked about the importance of the poverty problem to a limited-government party in a modern society. It comes down to this: poor people are expensive. The money they don't earn in wages they still cost society in terms of prison cells and emergency room visits. In the 1990s, …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday November 1, 2011

An Idea For Republicans

In the 1990s, many Republicans took the problem of hard-core poverty seriously. (One of those poverty-conscious Republicans was Sen. Rick Santorum, now the one presidential candidate who takes seriously the data on faltering upward mobility in America.) In 1999 and 2000, candidate George W. …

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Written by David Frum on Friday October 28, 2011

Palin: Already Almost Forgotten

"I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets..." - From Sarah Palin's statement announcing her decision not to run for president. Um, probably not. Sarah Palin's political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday October 5, 2011

Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates: One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus …

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Written by J.D. Hamel on Wednesday September 7, 2011

Decline and Fall

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Written by David Frum on Thursday August 11, 2011

Were Our Enemies Right?

In February 1982, Susan Sontag made a fierce challenge to a left-wing audience gathered at New York's Town Hall: Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Reader’s Digest between 1950 and 1970, and someone in the same period who read only The Nation or The New Statesman . Which …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday August 3, 2011

DC Interns Shine at Cato Debate

The Cato Institute held its second annual Libertarianism vs. Conservatism Intern Debate Thursday, pitting Cato interns against students interning at the Heritage Foundation (video of the debate can be found here ). This year’s event proved to be a marked improvement over last year, with the …

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Written by Ajay Ravichandran on Friday July 22, 2011

Scorched Earth Conservatives

In a fiery debate , Frontpagemagazine.com editor David Horowitz accuses NewMajority's David Frum of "scorched-earth attacks on Glenn Beck." Frum replies: "It’s bad luck for you that we are having this discussion in the same week that Glenn Beck a) expressed his enthusiasm for a Hillary Clinton …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday September 24, 2009