For the generation that reached political awareness in the new millennium, mainstream conservatism appears to have little to offer.
Ask your average college student what he thinks of when he thinks of the Right, and he will probably mention Fox News or George Bush.
Tea Party rallies may draw thousands, but the “conservatism” they espouse consists primarily in “returning the Republican Party to its roots,” rather than fundamentally rethinking the very premises on which the Republican Party—and mainstream conservatism—are based.
Beyond the GOP seeks to present a different vision of the Right, which, though a radical departure from the present zeitgeist, flows with the currents of the best of the western tradition as it has developed over hundreds of years.
Comprised of both conservatives and libertarians, we share no overarching philosophy, but we agree on the centrality of values like liberty, tradition, culture, reasoned argument, and decentralized living.
We seek to show like-minded young people that the alternative to the vapidity of mainstream conservatism is not the faddish left-wing pseudo-intellectualism prevalent on college campuses.
Rather, a reinvigorated intellectual Right that focuses on our core values can help answer some of the deep-set problems of modern society, and can do so in a way that appeals to a new generation skeptical of the old Republican Party.
Above all, we realize that, in the long run, political and social improvement can only last if they rely on changes in popular ideas and sentiments, rather than on the blunt-edged political process.
Our blog is therefore one of ideas. We hope to play some small role in publicizing the values we hold essential, and hopefully place a brick or two in the grand edifice of a reinvigorated Right.