Concentrated Conservatism

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 purpose of the Twelve Points is to serve as a delivery mechanism for distilled, concentrated conservative thinking, with the goal of returning clarity and completeness to popular conservatism, and spreading knowledge of the true principles of conservatism throughout the conservative community.

The idea for the Twelve Points, along with much of the content of the document itself, came from the "Seven Points," which was created by a group of conservative college students in 2003 at Indiana University: Grand Old Cause.

Even in light of the 2010 election results, the conservative movement has become confused and aimless. Certain essential conservative principles and considerations have faded from memory and lost their influence. The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem by reminding us of conservative thinking that we may not have considered recently, and by making that thinking available to new, developing conservatives.

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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!