In the beginning, Americans got it right. They did not fall for the false choice between the comfort of the least and the potential of the best, sometimes posed as a choice between the common good and individualism. Instead, the founders envisioned a productive people who were at the same time a caring people. They identified social progress with realizing the potential of the best. Lately, social progress tends to be identified with the comfort of the least. As a result, many have turned away from relying upon creative and productive individuals to advance society and first of all look at citizens as wards of the state (the disadvantaged) and secondly as lucky (the advantaged; “you didn’t build that”). The problem is, a society can care for the least of its members only when it fosters the productivity of the best of its citizens. An upside down view of praiseworthy character threatens to undermine the foundation of social progress in good character. Good character, in turn, builds upon conscientious self-reliance.
Featuring William B. Allen, Candidate for Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought & Policy 2018-9
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-After 5 pm there is free parking along Grandview Avenue!
-Grandview Avenue is near the Starbucks on Broadway. The Starbucks address is 1402 Broadway, Boulder CO.
-Before the Starbucks, at the cross section take a right onto Grandview Avenue. The entire street is free parking after 5 pm.
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When: Friday, Jan. 26
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