The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Yuval Levin, William Kristol (moderator)
Tue, March 4th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


For more than two centuries, America’s political culture has been polarized between the left and the right, between a party of progressive ideologies and one of conservative. Two experts explore the roots of American political order through the men who represented each side of the left/right debate at its outset—Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine—and consider how their views continue to shape our current political discourse.


Yuval Levin, Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is the founder and editor of National Affairs and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and National Review. William Kristol (moderator), editor of The Weekly Standard and former panelist on Fox News Sunday, served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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