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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OCTOBER 16, 2009


Is it possible that much of what divides these conservative factions is nothing more than blindness -- a heightened focus on one or two conservative principles (or parts of them, or variations on them) that causes a conservative to overlook the remaining principles?

Many "conservatives" do not seem to have been properly familiarized with all of our principles in the first place. The situation, however, is not irremediable. Conservatives, regardless of which of the principles they favor, are already predisposed to understand and appreciate the rest. We can show our fellow conservatives that each of these principles is best served when all of the principles are given attention. Additionally, we can remind them of related considerations that are helpful in properly understanding and implementing those principles.

To unify conservatives, we will not abandon our principles. Instead, we will remember our principles, return lost truths to popular circulation, and continue to develop and build on this solid foundation.

(What are those principles? They are stated at length in the Twelve Points.)