Armed for Battle: 10 Things Every Incoming Conservative Freshman Needs to Know

2. Know Your History – of Conservatism

Critical to defending conservatism in universities is understanding who the fathers of intellectual conservatism are, and what they advocated. I don’t mean the political pundits like Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. I mean academics. You will read Karl Marx or Jean-Jacques Rousseau in at least one of your classes (even if it’s a general education requirement), but you probably won’t read Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, Frank S. Meyer, or even beacon of Objectivist thought Ayn Rand. In fact, you almost certainly will not read any Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, or Thomas Sowell -- and that’s truly a travesty!

Read them on your own anyway.

It will make a difference in class discussions, it will help you write your papers, and it will help you understand the foundations of conservative thought.