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Roundtable at the Reagan Ranch featuring Rich Lowry

June 19, 2013

Reagan Ranch Center, Santa Barbara, California

 Rich Lowry June 19 2013 Roundtable



“A gem: powerfully argued, beautifully written, and both politically and historically illuminating. Lowry makes an impassioned case for a contemporary Republican renewal on truly Lincolnian lines.”
—Charles Krauthammer, nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor

“In this briskly written, persuasive study, Rich Lowry rescues Lincoln from misguided attempts to portray him as a proto-progressive.”
—Michael Burlingame, Author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

“Lowry’s sharp, pointed exposition of Abraham Lincoln strikes like an unforeseen remembrance. We suddenly realize why Lincoln was important to Americans, and still is, as an example of the principles of limited government, economic opportunity, and self-transformation.”
—Allen C. Guelzo, Director, Civil War Era Studies Program, Gettysburg College

“This book is essential for understanding why Lincoln’s convictions and ambitions are vitally relevant for conservatives today.”
—Bill Bennett, author of America: The Last Best Hope

“We live today, Rich Lowry writes, in a ‘Lincolnian republic.’ In recapturing the ‘essential Lincoln,’ he helps us think about what’s essential to the promise of America.”

—William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard

“In this important book, Rich Lowry explains how the president’s opposition to slavery was closely intertwined with his belief in economic freedom. Lowry’s book reminds us that the ultimate basis for economic freedom is moral: It honors the dignity owed to every person, regardless of skin color or social condition.”
—Paul Ryan

Rich Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997. He has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. His book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.

In his newest book, Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again, Lowry shows readers how returning to Abraham Lincoln’s vision of a society that fosters opportunity and rewards hard work instead of punishing it, can lead us out of our current economic malaise.

Barack Obama went out of his way to identify himself with his fellow Illinoisian during his campaign. But Abraham Lincoln was no liberal. He believed in a small but active government, working to support equality of economic opportunity.  He saw our founding documents as a warrant for striving men like himself who aspired to rise to the founders’ level of wealth and privilege. What’s more, he devoted his career to creating the conditions for others to do so. This commitment to individual mobility within a free society founded on equality of opportunity is the essence of Lincoln’s ideology.

Today, America faces social and economic challenges that many conservatives want to meet with one solution: cutting government. In Lincoln Unbound, Rich Lowry reminds us that our goal should be not just the preservation of a free market, but the creation of a society that allows individuals to make the most of that freedom.

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