The Twelve Points are a statement of conservative principles, objectives, philosophy, and additional guiding considerations, composed by Karl Born, a young Indianapolis writer and attorney, beginning in early 2008, completed on July 2, 2009. The idea for the Twelve Points, along with several of the points, came from the "Seven Points," an older statement of conservative principles, created by a group of young conservatives at Indiana University, in 2003: Grand Old Cause. 

The purpose of the Twelve Points is to serve as a delivery mechanism for distilled, concentrated conservative thinking, offered in order to return completeness and clarity to popular conservatism, to spread knowledge of the true principles of conservatism throughout the conservative community, and to focus and promote agreement among conservatives. 

Over the past two decades, the conservative movement has lost its uniting sense of direction, which has rendered it confused, frustrated, and impotent. Certain crucial conservative principles and concepts have faded from our common memory and lost their rightful influence and, consequently, our fellow conservatives (including conservative leaders) too often can no longer be relied upon to understand them, to be committed to them, or to apply and advance them in a coherent way. No conservative should be satisfied with the results that this has produced in American public policy. 

The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem, this statement of conservative principles being an instrument by which we may frequently recur to these fundamental principles and keep points of conservative thought freshly in our minds, teach conservative thought to the newer and younger conservatives, and provide all conservatives with a means of together affirming that, yes, we still care about these conservative principles, and conservative principles still define this movement.

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All the Pure, Concentrated Conservatism That Five Pages Can Hold

Even if conservatives become confused only as to the details of the philosophy, a good deal of damage can be done. In practice, every policy concerns the specific application of certain principles, and getting the details right often makes the difference between wise or unwise, just or unjust, and constitutional or unconstitutional.

Current events-oriented television and radio shows generally do not discuss the "big picture" of conservative philosophy and ideas. They focus on recent news (and usually news that would, in some way, excite or outrage the audience).

Unless and until a new conservative both 1) realizes just how much excellent conservative books could contribute to his or her understanding of conservatism and 2) actually reads a good number of those books, where will he find accessible, high-quality information on the conservative philosophy? How complete will his understanding of conservatism be?

Then, once a conservative has developed a strong understanding of conservatism, he or she will occasionally need to refresh his (or her) memory. Is re-reading each of those books the best way to do this?

No five-page document could communicate all of this information. The Twelve Points, however, are a highly-detailed, highly-concentrated five page summary of conservative thought. They can go where no book (or library full of books) can go.

The Twelve Points will jump-start new conservatives' philosophical educations and refresh the memory of more seasoned conservatives. They will clear away conservative philosophical confusion and restore the strained ties holding the movement together.

In short, this is as much pure, concentrated conservatism as five pages can possibly hold. Popular conservatism needs this now more than ever. In order to return conservative ideas and thought to popular conservatism, read the Twelve Points and spread the word!