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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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Links relating to freedom

To whatever extent I can encourage friends of freedom to take advantage of the following resources, I intend to do so:

The Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty.

Advocates for Self-Government, "Communicating Liberty." The group is self-described as "libertarian," but I reject the categorical distinction between the terms "libertarian" and "conservative." Regardless, we, as conservatives, would be wise to use these resources to whatever extent they are relevant to us.

Advocates for Self-Government, Communication Center. I do not believe this is still available on the Advocates for Self-Government website, but it is (fortunately) still available through the Internet Archive.