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January 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miranda Melvin
Director of External Affairs, National Review Institute
miranda@nrinstitute.org
571-302-0353

National Review launches new economic liberty podcast, Capital Record, on Jan. 28
Podcast featuring discussions on economics and finance is hosted by financier and National Review Institute trustee David L. Bahnsen

NEW YORK — On January 28, 2021, National Review (NR) launched a new weekly podcast, Capital Record, as part of NR Capital Matters. The podcast is hosted by financier and NRI trustee David L. Bahnsen and features interviews with the nation’s top business leaders, entrepreneurs, investment professionals and financial and economic commentators.

Bahnsen and his guests will tackle issues such as developments in the capital markets, the dangers of socialism, building a pro-business climate, and the role of federal-government intervention in a free-market economy.

Capital Record is not going to be a generic business podcast, or a run-of-the-mill markets and news podcast,” said Bahnsen, who founded and serves as managing partner of The Bahnsen Group, a private-wealth-management firm. “We want to interview the top thought leaders in finance, economics, business, and more with a specific agenda of defending free enterprise, affirming the need for robust capital markets, and resisting the undermining of the American dream.”

Bahnsen is known for his frequent guest appearances on Fox Business and CNBC and is annually recognized as one of the top advisors in the country by Barron’s, Forbes, and The Financial Times.

Capital Record is sponsored by National Review Institute as part of the Capital Matters initiative, which launched in July 2020 and has the mission of promoting and defending the market economy. It includes a new section on NationalReview.com. Capital Matters features daily commentary and analysis on business, finance, and economics with a distinctly NR sensibility and complementary NRI-sponsored events, webinars, forums, and conference calls.

Capital Record is designed to expand what we are doing into a new medium, and, more specifically, to take advantage of the interview format to deepen the discussion we are trying to promote,” explained Capital Matters editor Andrew Stuttaford.

The first episode of Capital Record features a conversation with Kevin Hassett, senior adviser to National Review Capital Matters and Former Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. They discuss the state of the economy, and how understanding what wealth is will alter your economic thinking.

Capital Record episodes are available on the NRCM website, NationalReview.com/podcasts, and all major podcast directories.

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National Review Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed and complement the mission of National Review magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent. NRI was founded by Bill Buckley in 1991, 36 years after launching National Review. In 2015, National Review, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Institute.

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For more information, contact Miranda Melvin, Director of External Affairs


October 5, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miranda Melvin
Director of External Affairs, National Review Institute
miranda@nrinstitute.org
571-302-0353

Conservatives Around The Country Gather Virtually To Honor William F. Buckley Jr.’s Legacy

Largest crowd ever participates in event to recognize James L. Buckley and Virginia James for their contributions to the conservative movement

National Review Institute hosts its Seventh Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner as a “Gala at Home,” recognizing the Honorable James L. Buckley for Leadership in Political Thought and Virginia James for Leadership in Supporting Liberty.

PRINCETON, NJ, October 5, 2020 — National Review Institute recognized the Honorable James L. Buckley and Virginia James for their contributions to the conservative movement at the William F. Buckley Jr. “Gala at Home” Prize Dinner.

A small gathering was hosted at the home of NRI Board Chairman Peter J. Travers in Princeton, New Jersey. The event was partially live-streamed, along with pre-recorded and creative videos, to NRI friends and supporters across the country. Some participants hosted private dinner parties serving specialty cocktails and champagne and dressed for the occasion in their black-tie best.

In its seventh year, the William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner has become a marquee celebration for the conservative movement. Held in a different city each year, the 2020 gala was planned to take place in New York City. When it became apparent that a large in-person event was not an option, the organization embraced an interactive virtual format that included “fan cams” with greetings from supporters and fans across the country and world.

Serving as dinner co-chairs were Edwin J. Feulner, founder and past president of The Heritage Foundation; Leonard A. Leo, co-chairman and former executive vice president of the Federalist Society; and NRI Board of Trustees Chairman Travers. In total, over 600 friends and supporters tuned in for the live event.

The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty, which recognizes conservative philanthropy, was awarded to Virginia James in recognition of her longtime and generous support of NRI and NR magazine, in addition to her many philanthropic contributions to other worthy organizations that are part of the broader conservative movement. An investor from Lambertville, NJ, Virginia is a notable philanthropist and serves as president of the Hickory Foundation, which supports dozens of organizations dedicated to economic freedom, education, and the arts. She is a strong advocate for limited government and is co-founder and chairman of the Club for Growth, a leading free-enterprise advocacy group. Her philanthropy has enabled numerous organizations to succeed and grow, energizing and uplifting the movement that Bill Buckley did so much to lead.

The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Political Thought was awarded to The Honorable James L. Buckley. Fifty years ago this fall, Jim cast off a successful career as president of an oil exploration company to run for the U. S. Senate from New York. In a historic conservative victory, Jim became, as his brother anointed him, “the sainted junior senator from New York.” His victory is seen by many conservatives as a bridge from the Goldwater campaign of 1964 and Bill’s mayoral race in 1965 to the Reagan landslide of 1980. After his term in the Senate, Jim served as Under Secretary of State and as President of Radio Free Europe. In 1985, President Reagan nominated Jim to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit, on which his distinguished service made him one of the few people in American history to have served in all three branches of the federal government. Through all of this, Jim was unable to make any enemies. As Bill famously wrote of his older brother, Jim was “a benign presence before whose phlegmatic charm razors are blunt and arrows detumesce.”

James Buckley’s acceptance remarks included a somber warning about the state of our nation: “We have become a nation of constitutional illiterates,” Senator Buckley warned. “Few Americans have any understanding of the degree to which the Constitution’s safeguards are being whittled away. So we need to remind them of their existence and hammer home the urgent need to bring the administrative state under effective constitutional control. That will be anything but easy, but it has to be done.”

Senator Buckley concluded that he could think of no organization better able to meet this challenge than National Review Institute. “I urge you to focus all your considerable resources on reminding Americans of the constitutional sources of their blessings and of the utter seriousness of the present threat,” he said. “You have your marching orders. God bless you all.”

In addition to the honorees’ remarks and videos highlighting their impressive careers, the audience was treated to a performance by pianist Larry Perelman. Larry entertained at William F. Buckley Jr.’s dinner parties in New York City, and gave a special performance on Bill’s piano at Chairman Travers’ home.

National Review editor in chief Rich Lowry also moderated a panel with NR writers Andrew C. McCarthy, Kevin D. Williamson, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Charles C. W. Cooke. The writers discussed the important issues that our honorees have championed including limited government, federalism, and economic freedom.

Prominent virtual and in-person attendees included other notable National Review writers such John O’Sullivan, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Jay Nordlinger, Richard Brookhiser, John McCormack, and Kyle Smith.

Concluding the dinner, NRI Board Chairman Travers thanked guests for attending and for helping to raise over one million dollars in funds for the Institute. Guests continued the celebration via virtual “After-Party” reception rooms.

For his entire life, Bill Buckley sought to preserve and buttress the foundations of our free society. To honor his achievement and inspire others, NRI’s Board of Trustees annually award the William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Supporting Liberty and Leadership in Political Thought. These awards honor their namesake and those who champion the principles Buckley advanced during his lifetime.

In addition to adapting to a virtual format to host this gala, NRI has been hosting successful virtual events since March 2020.

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National Review Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed and complement the mission of National Review magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent. NRI was founded by Bill Buckley in 1991, 36 years after launching National Review. In 2015, National Review, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute.

National Review Institute
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701 New York, NY 10036 | www.nrinstitute.org
For more information, contact Miranda Melvin, Director of External Affairs


July 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miranda Melvin
Director of External Affairs, National Review Institute
miranda@nrinstitute.org
571-302-0353

NationalReview.com Launches New Section to Cover Business, Finance, and Economics from a National Review sensibility

National Review Institute launches collaborative initiative to amplify the message of those who defend economic liberty

NEW YORK, NEW YORK July 29, 2020 — Yesterday, National Review (NR) and National Review Institute (NRI) launched a new initiative: Capital Matters (NRCM), including a new section on NATIONALREVIEW.COM featuring daily commentary and analysis on business, finance, and economics with a distinctly NR sensibility, and complementary NRI-sponsored events, webinars, forums, and conference calls.

National Review has been engaged in the fight for free markets for decades, but given the renewed intensity of the assault against them, we are calling in reinforcements in the form of Capital Matters, which will be energetic, vigilant, and fearless,” said Rich Lowry, National Review Editor in Chief.

Through charts, infographics, and timely commentary from well-known financiers, economists, entrepreneurs, business people, and other specialists, the objective of this initiative is to change the terms of debate over our country’s economic future for the better.

“Despite the uncertain economic times, we are keeping our strategic growth goals for this project because of its relevance and importance. In the same spirit that led William F. Buckley Jr. to found National Review, National Review Institute is proud to collaborate on this new project to explain, defend, and celebrate capitalism. With so much misinformation and misunderstanding of capitalism, National Review Capital Matters will serve to elevate the voices and amplify the message of those who defend economic liberty.” Lindsay Craig, President of National Review Institute.

“In the past 30 years, more people have been lifted out of extreme poverty than in all prior human history,” said Peter J. Travers, NRI Board of Trustees Chairman. “This accomplishment is the direct consequence of capitalist policies that support personal capital formation, international trade, and market allocation of capital. These reforms, under perennial assault—now even by some ‘conservatives’—will be elucidated and celebrated by National Review Capital Matters.”

At the helm of this initiative is NRI’s newest fellow and National Review Capital Matters Editor, Andrew Stuttaford, who had a long career in finance and has also been writing for National Review for decades, and Kevin Hassett, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who will serve as NRCM senior adviser.

“The battle of ideas is not won by default,” Stuttaford said. “At a time when free markets are under attack not only by the left, but by some on the right, there are too few spaces remaining for those who dissent. The National Review Capital Matters initiative intends to push back against the creation of an intellectual, corporate, and political regime where free markets are either the enemy or an afterthought, by becoming a platform for writers, economists, business people and others to explore, explain, and make the case for an idea of individual enterprise that is, in turn, inextricably linked to the principle of individual freedom.”

This new section comes on the heels of a wide range of enhancements at National Review, from adding a newsroom and podcasts to new all-digital content on NRPlus, said National Review Publisher Garrett Bewkes.

“Since early 2017, our team has been working tirelessly to expand the defense of our nation’s principles through increasing our digital footprint and delivering our audiences the highest quality news and conservative political opinion journalism steeped in facts, not just what’s popular,” Bewkes said. “Now, sensing that we are very much repeating US 1950’s & 1960’s history, the launch of Capital Matters in this moment serves as the next great addition to our quickly growing subject coverage and increased daily content production, while providing a timely and much needed response to the campaigns of disinformation and revisionist history coming from our mass media regarding socialism. Capital Matters allows us to continue to expand our reach by tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of new monthly readers as we broaden our offering to the wider tent of conservatism in areas of fiscal policy.”

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National Review Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed and complement the mission of National Review magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent. NRI was founded by Bill Buckley in 1991, 36 years after launching National Review. In 2015, National Review, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute.

National Review Institute
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701 New York, NY 10036 | www.nrinstitute.org
For more information, contact Miranda Melvin, Director of External Affairs


June 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miranda Melvin
Director of External Affairs, National Review Institute
miranda@nrinstitute.org
571-302-0353

Adam Meyerson joins National Review Institute Board of Trustees

 

 NEW YORK, NEW YORK July 14, 2020  On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 the National Review Institute Board of Trustees voted to add Adam Meyerson to the organization’s governing body. The board is now comprised of 14 trustees.

“As a devoted reader of National Review for 45 years, and as a fervent admirer of Lindsay Craig’s, Rich Lowry’s, and Peter Travers’ outstanding leadership, I am honored to join the board of National Review Institute as we stand athwart the ideas and movements that are endangering our free society,” Meyerson said.

Meyerson served as president of The Philanthropy Roundtable for nearly two decades, building that institution into a world-class leader in effective and purposeful philanthropy. Meyerson joined the Roundtable as president in 2001 and he grew its annual budget from $1.8 million to $9 million.

“Adam Meyerson has been an exceptional leader in the conservative movement,” said Peter Travers, NRI Board of Trustees Chairman. “His very long list of friends and admirers includes all of us at National Review Institute and National Review. Adam’s institution-building success at The Philanthropy Roundtable and The Heritage Foundation is renowned. I am honored and delighted to have him as part of the NRI Board of Trustees as we tackle our ambitious goals leading up to 2025, which will be the centennial of William F. Buckley Jr.’s birth and the 70th anniversary of National Review magazine.”

He currently serves on the boards of the State Policy Network and Donors Capital Fund. From 1993 to 2001, he was vice president for educational affairs at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to that, he was an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and editor of its “Manager’s Journal” and “Asia” columns and from 1974 to 1977 was managing editor of the American Spectator. He and his wife, Nina, live with their three sons in Washington, D.C.

Meyerson will serve alongside current NRI Board of Trustees members Peter J. Travers, Chairman; Robert F. Agostinelli, Rhône Group LLC; David L. Bahnsen, The Bahnsen Group; John Buser, Texas; Lindsay Craig, President, National Review Institute; Dick DeVos, The Windquest Group; Richard Lowry, Editor-in-Chief, National Review; Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College; Brian Murdock, Strategic Investment Group; Valerie Schooley, California; Richard Spencer, California; L. Stanton Towne, New York; and Karen Buchwald Wright, Ariel Corporation.

“Adam has been a very helpful mentor to me at NRI over the last (almost) seven years,” said President Lindsay Craig. “We are very fortunate to have earned Adam’s confidence. He is a notable leader in our movement and so by joining our board, he has granted us a tremendous honor.”

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NRI is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed and complement the mission of National Review magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent. NRI was founded by Bill Buckley in 1991, 36 years after launching National Review. In 2015, National Review, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute.

National Review Institute
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701 New York, NY 10036 | www.nrinstitute.org
For more information, contact Miranda Melvin, Director of External Affairs