“Ideas rule the world and its events. Whatever men say, material interests never have caused, and never will cause a revolution.“
We, the American people, are carrying a heavy responsibility. If liberty is to survive, if the forces of totalitarianism are to be thwarted in their attempts to expand their grips on mankind, much will depend on us.
The most coveted recognition which Hillsdale College can extend is our Freedom Leadership Award, given to a select few who epitomize the leadership necessary to recapture the American dream.
We are here tonight to celebrate the American experience, its glorious legitimacy and success. The drama, excitement, and revolutionary quality of that experience are only barely sensed even by those of us who are carriers of it today.
What I want to talk about today is something that my confreres in the world of literature and journalism resist: the notion that ideas can become articles of fashion which are adopted with no more foundation than styles in clothing.
Most historians agree, I think, that the United States was born of a conservative defense of American liberty.
Unfortunately, the growth of popular and media interest in conservatism has not been matched by a growth in philosophical understanding.