Why do the majority of religious Jews and Christians believe in conservative ideas? The short answer is: for moral reasons. The core principles of modern conservatism—including the belief in free markets and free enterprise, traditional families and faith communities, sovereign nations that respect the rights and dignity of every person—are grounded in a moral vision of a worthy life and a good society. In the modern age, religious communities have a special responsibility to articulate and defend the moral case for conservatism in the public arena. This is an intellectual challenge—requiring the perpetual renewal of conservative thinking in light of new challenges, disruptions, and opportunities. And it is a civic challenge—requiring men and women of faith to sustain, renew, and build institutions that perpetuate and advance the moral vision that animates modern conservatism at its best. In this session, executive director of the Tikvah Fund, Eric Cohen, makes the Jewish case for federalism.
Eric Cohen is the Co-Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Conference and has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007. He was the founder and remains Editor-at-Large of the New Atlantis, serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Review of Books, and is the publisher of Mosaic. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, the New Republic, First Things, and numerous others. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously Managing Editor of the Public Interest and served as a Senior Consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.