American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks made the case for compassionate conservatism at the Institute’s Ideas Festival, softening the lines between what moderator and Atlantic Senior Editor Clive Crook called ‘the clash between hard heads and soft hearts.’
The crux of his argument came down to the need for a joint definition of fairness. ‘A legitimate economic system has to give people opportunity, be fair, and adequately protect the vulnerable. Everyone agrees with this, but we disagree about how to do it,’ he said. ‘What empirically is the system that helps the poor most here and around the world?'”
For more, read Elizabeth’s article in The Aspen Idea.