This article first appeared in the Georgetown Review.
On Wednesday Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona and author of the recently published book, “Conscience of a Conservative”, spoke with Georgetown students about conservative political philosophy in the face of the current Trump administration. In a conversation moderated by Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of GU Politics, Senator Flake discussed his views on the current state of the Republican party and his vision for the conservative movement and the Republican party moving forward.
Senator Flake contextualized his discussion of conservatism and conservative politics by invoking a famous quote from Barry Goldwater, whom he felt aptly summed up what it means to be a conservative. “Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.” Conservatism, Senator Flake contended, is about “taking what is best of our past and perpetuating that in the future.” On a more tangible level those fundamental tenets of conservative politics, according to Flake, include the promotion of limited government, immigration, free trade, and enterprise.
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