Reflections on the Revolution in the Heartland: Rethinking Conservatism After 2016

On March 13, 2019 The Classical Liberal Institute and the NYU Federalist Society presented a conference on “Reflections on the Revolution in the Heartland: Rethinking Conservatism After 2016.” After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, scholars and pundits emerged to question assumptions that had been taken for granted since the Reagan administration: did the traditional three-legged stool of conservative policy (economic liberalism, foreign-policy hawkishness, and social conservatism) naturally go together? Had it been fractured, or was the election driven more by personality than policy? If there is more up for debate than previously thought, where ought conservatism go from here — especially given the increasing emergence of the GOP as the party of the blue-collar worker. We assessed and explored this ongoing debate over the course of two panel discussions.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
NYU School of Law
Greenberg Lounge, first floor of Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


12:00 – 12:15pm: Coffee and Registration

12:15pm – 12:20pm: Opening Remarks

12:20 – 1:50pm: First Panel: Does Reaganism Still Define Conservatism?
Moderator: Theodore Kupfer, National Review
Panelists: Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review
John B. Judis, author of The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt against Globalization
Megan McArdle, The Washington Post

left to right: Theodore Kupfer, Michael Brendan Dougherty, John B. Judis
left to right: John B. Judis and Megan McArdle

1:50 – 2:00pm: Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:30pm: Second Panel: Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Worker
Moderator/Panelist: Richard A. Epstein, NYU School of Law
Panelists: Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute
Michael A. Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law

Oren Cass
left to right: Richard Epstein and Samuel Estreicher

3:30 – 4:30pm: Reception

left to right: Nick Cowen, Samuel Estreicher, Charles Delmotte
left to right: Oren Cass, Nick Phillips, Jack Solowey

left to right: Oren Cass and Richard Epstein
left to right: Luke Goveas and James Brennan