What defines a conservative? Are Republicans and conservatives the same thing? Is it a commitment to principles like limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and traditional values? Or is it something else? Dr. Jennifer Thompson sat down with Stephanie Slade, the managing editor of Reason magazine to discuss recent shifts she’s seeing in what it means to be a conservative for a growing section of those who claim the label. They discuss several of her recent pieces on the topic and what this trend may mean for those who call themselves conservative.

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Stephanie’s pieces on the shift in conservatism:

“Republicans are Ripping Out the ‘Very Heart and Soul’ of Their Party” – The New York Times

“Will-to-Power Conservatism and the Great Liberalism Schism” – Reason

“The New Conservative Nationalism Is About Subverting Individual Liberty” – Reason


Liberal (in the old school sense of the word) writers that Stephanie recommends following:

The Dispatch by Jonah Goldberg and David French

Shadi Hamid at the Brookings Institute

Andy Smarick at the Manhattan Institute

Robert P. George at Princeton University

Ryan Anderson at the Heritage Foundation

Damon Linker at The Week

You can follow Stephanie and keep up with her writing on twitter.

About our guest:

Stephanie Slade is managing editor at Reason, the libertarian magazine of “free minds and free markets.”

Prior to joining Reason, Slade worked as a speechwriter, a pollster, and a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report. In 2013, she was named a finalist for the Bastiat Prize for Journalism. In 2016–2017, she was selected as a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. She’s a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a B.A. in economics. She also has an M.A. from American University.

Reason.com and Reason TV together draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation’s best political sites by Playboy, Washingtonian, National Journal, and others.