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The Imaginative Conservative

November 6, 2017

Winston Elliott, president of the online “The Imaginative Conservative” is also president of The Free Enterprise Institute in Houston.

The Free Enterprise Institute is based in Houston and was founded by a retired natural gas executive named Rolland Storey, a jovial septuagenarian whom one former student described as “a Santa Claus of Liberty.”

I first met Winston Elliott at a meeting of the Philadelphia Society in April 2008 at a hotel just across the Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia. The topic of that meeting was the Future of Western Civilization.

Winston has just posted my review of Stephen Hayward’s new book, Patriotism.

For those who are not familiar with “PhillySoc,” after the failed Republican campaign of Barry Goldwater, the mid west representative of the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists (ISI), Don Lipsett, held the first organizational meetings of the Philadelphia Society at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Every conservative academic living at that time attended one or more of those early meetings. As a new grad student at Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, two of my professors, Gerhart Niemeyer and Stanley Parry, drove me and my classmate, Howard Segermark, to a meeting in 1965.

The conservative movement has undergone lots of changed since 1964, but attending meetings of the Philadelphia Society in on the list of things to do. You can read about those times in a wonderful book by Lee Edwards titled Educating for Liberty.

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