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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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"Up to speed"

Is there not a need for conservatives to have a more reliable, efficient means than we have now of bringing new conservatives “up to speed?”

Does the current process not leave new conservatives with a choice between a long, obscure, initially incomprehensible, substantially unrealistic intellectual path and an easier path paved largely with sound-bites, slogans, and intellectual junk-food from the wrong parts of the internet?

Is it not true that even the higher-quality parts of that "easier path," which includes mostly content focused on current events, does not efficiently convey the fundamentals of the conservative philosophy?

As valuable as the volumes of books concerning conservatism are, could any book be so concise and available that its length or unavailability would not limit its usefulness in giving new conservatives a roadmap and a head-start?

Would it not be valuable for conservatives to tout and circulate a concise summary, available online, which introduces its reader to the best of conservatism and could jump-start a new conservative's intellectual journey?

If you answered "yes,"

You Will Like the Twelve Points.