Dr. Helen

I Didn't Know I Was a Fusionist

Until I took a quiz from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute magazine that asks what kind of conservative thinker you are. My 13 points categorize me as:

11–18 points, you are: Frank S. Meyer

You are what is often called a fusionist: you believe that libertarians and traditionalists share a lot of common ground, not only politically but also philosophically. Freedom is fundamental, but freedom cannot mean mere license; virtue is the highest goal, but virtue not freely chosen is not really virtue. As Meyer put it, “Truth withers when freedom dies, however righteous the authority that kills it; and free individualism uninformed by moral value rots at its core and soon brings about conditions that pave the way for surrender to tyranny.”

It seems that you have to have the magazine to take the quiz so I can’t link directly to it for readers. But you can probably figure out what you are from reading the three descriptions given here.