Philadelphia Society

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The Philadelphia Society
Formation1964; 59 years ago (1964)
HeadquartersJerome, Michigan
Wilfred M. McClay
Revenue: $259,247
Expenses: $281,770
(FYE December 2011)[1]

The Philadelphia Society is a membership organization the purpose of which is "to sponsor the interchange of ideas through discussion and writing, in the interest of deepening the intellectual foundation of a free and ordered society, and of broadening the understanding of its basic principles and traditions".[2] The membership of the Society tends to be composed of persons holding conservative or libertarian political views, and many of those associated with the Society have exercised considerable influence over the development of the conservative movement in the United States.


The Philadelphia Society was founded in 1964 by Donald Lipsett[3] in conjunction with William F. Buckley Jr., Milton Friedman,[4] Frank Meyer, and Ed Feulner.[5][6][7][8] Former Presidents of the Society include Henry Regnery, Edwin Feulner, Russell Kirk, Mel Bradford, Forrest McDonald, T. Kenneth Cribb, M. Stanton Evans, Ellis Sandoz, Edwin Meese, Claes G. Ryn, Midge Decter, Roger Ream, Steven F. Hayward, Lee Edwards, William F. Buckley Jr., and George H. Nash.[9]

Notable speakers at past meetings of the Society have included Larry Arnhart, Andrew Bacevich, Wendell Berry, Robert Bork, Mel Bradford, Warren T. Brookes, William F. Buckley Jr., Vladimir Bukovsky, Ronald Coase, T. Kenneth Cribb, Midge Decter, M. Stanton Evans, Edwin Feulner, Milton Friedman, George Gilder, Victor Davis Hanson, William Hague, S. I. Hayakawa, Friedrich von Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, W.H. Hutt, Herman Kahn, Russell Kirk, Irving Kristol, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Forrest McDonald, Edwin Meese, Frank Meyer, Charles Murray, Robert Nisbet, Michael Novak, Richard Pipes, Norman Podhoretz, Henry Regnery, William A. Rusher, Paul Ryan, Ellis Sandoz, Shelby Steele, George J. Stigler, Terry Teachout, Edward H. Teller, and Eric Voegelin.[10]

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  1. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar.
  2. ^ Philadelphia Society: Mission Archived 2012-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Philadelphia Society: A Tribute to Don Lipsett
  4. ^ Ebenstein, Alan O. ("Lanny") (23 January 2007). Milton Friedman: A Biography. p. 166. ISBN 9781403976277.
  5. ^ Edwards, Lee (26 March 2013). Leading the Way: The Story of Ed Feulner and the Heritage Foundation. ISBN 9780770435790.
  6. ^ Bridges, Linda (2 July 2014), "Philadelphia Society at 50", National Review Online (July 2, 2014)
  7. ^ Friedman, Milton; Friedman, Rose D. (1998). Two Lucky People. The University of Chicago Press. p. 337. ISBN 0-226-26414-9.
  8. ^ Mirowski, Philip; Plehwe, Dieter (2009). The Road from Mont Pelerin. Harvard University Press. p. 374. ISBN 978-0-674-03318-4.
  9. ^ Philadelphia Society: Presidents Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Philadelphia Society: About

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Coordinates: 42°03′59″N 84°26′38″W / 42.0663°N 84.4438°W / 42.0663; -84.4438