I have accepted an invitation to post some of my material over at The American Conservative, a publication/website that I read frequently and enjoy. The site has devoted an entire section to an examination of New Urbanism and issues of urban development that are often discounted by those with a more conservative persuasion. This is a tremendous opportunity to share the Strong Towns message with people who should naturally find it appealing but probably would not otherwise hear it.
Here is some information about The American Conservative:
The American Conservative is published by the American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate and inform Americans about the need for fiscal responsibility, a prudent foreign policy, and the protection of civil liberties.
In both domestic and foreign affairs, The American Conservative promotes a conservatism of realism and reform. A conservatism of ideas over ideology, and principles over party. In an age of trillion-dollar deficits, crumbling communities, and endless wars and rumors of war, we can no longer allow American public life to be guided by fantasies. The realist knows what Edmund Burke knew: that while revolution is terrifyingly destructive, reform is always necessary, for it is the means of our preservation.
The American Conservative represents a new voice for a new generation of conservatives. We invest in creative thinking about serious challenges facing the United States, from how to rebuild the middle class to how to reconceptualize America’s role in the world.
I'm really proud to be asked to share my insights on this platform. My first post is running today. It is about the bankruptcy of Indiana's toll road. I think you'll enjoy it. Here's an excerpt:
Bankruptcy of the ITR Commission Co. is not an indication that privatized roadways fail to safeguard the public interest. It actually suggests that our assumptions about the value of roadways and highway spending are not grounded in reality. This isn’t a misconception fomented by partisanship, but a widely held cultural belief.
When it comes to transportation, America doesn’t need more spending. It needs better feedback mechanisms.
It would be great if the intelligent, thoughtful and kind readers that we have attracted here feel compelled to engage on my work there from time to time. Some of you here may feel conservative. Some of you may not. Either way, you all continue to teach me so much, to offer so many powerful insights. This expanding Strong Towns dialog can benefit from you doing the same there in the respectful, well-informed way we've become accustomed to here.