Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A New Resource for Centrist Republicans

I don't know how many people are aware of this, but there is a think tank out there for Centrist Republicans called the Ripon Society. The describe themselves as:
... a Republican public policy advocacy organization representing all Americans through moderate, progressive policy formation that uphold traditional common sense Republican principles of:
  • Limited but effective government;
  • A free enterprise based economy;
  • A strong, well-maintained, national defense;
  • A more equitable tax system;
  • Social tolerance;
  • Conservation of natural resources.
They also have a downloadable magazine called Ripon Forum. It has a lot of wonkish goodies. You can read the June-July and the August-September 2007 issues, as well as any issue dating back to 1965.

Check it out.

1 comment:

weldon berger said...

I don't think you can fairly describe a nearly 50-year-old organization as a new resource. The reason most Republicans will not have heard of it is that it has been largely irrelevant to GOP politics since Nixon. You'd be hard-pressed to find a single congressional Republican who could be described as a Ripon exemplar now; they're all far to the right. I can see how the Society would appeal to someone describing themselves as a neomugwump, since its primary adherents were those New England patrician Republicans from whose ranks many of the original mugwumps were drawn.

At any rate, they're worth reading but they don't represent a new trend in Republicanism; just the nostalgic glow of a time when noblesse really obliged.