The Public Interest

Freedom, Virtue, and the Founding Fathers

Dan Himmelfarb

Winter 1988

IN 1983, many conservatives found themselves in the unfamiliar—and no doubt uncomfortable—position of giving an unfavorable review to a book by, of all people, George F. Will. Will’s Statecraft as Soulcraft, insofar as it called into question the very foundations of American democracy, seemed profoundly unconservative, and, as such, was bound to annoy.

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