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The Conservative Consensus: Frank Meyer, Barry Goldwater, and the Politics of Fusionism

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Lee Edwards

Series: First Principles

Topic: Politics (Political ideologies and movements)

Keywords: Political philosophy; Goldware; conservative

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


Frank Meyer, the intellectual father of fusionism, and Barry Goldwater, the first political apostle of fusionism, sought to unite, not divide, all conservatives. Their goal was a national movement guided by constitutional principles of ordered liberty. The solution for the American conservative movement in these challenging times is not a new but a renewed fusionism.