On the afternoon of Sunday, September 19 at 4:30pm we welcomed several speakers to our stage for the discussion: Switching Sides: Neo-Conservatism and the Journey of Gene Biddle
The discussion was moderated by Ron Kampeas, JTA’s Washington Bureau Chief, who was joined by:
• Daniel Halper, Writer for The Weekly Standard
• William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institute
• Ron Radosh, Author, Professor and Historian
• Jeffrey Herf, Author and Professor at University of Maryland
In the video below, the uber-articulate Bill Galston speaks to that very question: What were the factors that might have turned the character of Gene Biddle, or a person with experiences similar to Gene Biddle, from the political left to the political right? Later in the clip Daniel Halper addresses his own, relatively short journey as a young person towards political conservationism; and posits the question–don’t we have a right as human beings to shift in our belief systems and outlook on the world as we move through life?
(I do apologize for my especially shaky camera work on this one. We’re working on getting our use of video clips “right” and it certainly is an ongoing process.)