NET Journal
Episode Number
The Conservative Viewpoint
Producing Organization
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
Contributing Organization
Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
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Episode Description
1 hour piece produced by WTTW and initially distributed by NET in 1970. It was originally shot in color.
Episode Description
Participants in this hour-long panel discussion are Milton Friedman, William Rusher, M. Stanton Evans, and Russell Kirk. Moderator is Sidney Hyman. The discussion involves a definition of the conservative viewpoint especially as it applies to the proper use of government authority in such areas as civil rights and urban problems; the formulation of a foreign policy; and the role of the Supreme Court in national affairs. Conservatism, according to Friedman, is based in the value of the individual as the ultimate entity. Kirk notes that the conservative seeks a certain balance or healthy tension between the claims of order and the claim of freedom. Throughout the program, the panelist criticizes big government, as propounded by the modern liberals. Friedman asserts that most government extensions of power have added to the power of private interests and not reduced them. He argues, accordingly, that the most effective way to reduce the concentration of private power is to reduce the role of government. Industrial competition can be fostered by removing tariffs and having free international trade, says Friedman. The panelists agree that Supreme Court justices should not be judged by usual liberal-conservative labels. Instead, says Kirk, a conservative would seek judges who prize self-restraint rather than arrogating authority to the Court. In contemporary terms, Rusher states that the Supreme Court must make this a livable country and they better do it. A conservative view of foreign policy, according to Evans, calls for defense of the country against foreign enemies, not trying to remake the world in our own image. The problems of the cities, the present welfare system, urban renewal, the minimum wage all are listed as the debris of failed liberal social policies by the panelists. The subject of sex education poses a classic case of the experts versus the parents, with the parents being treated like blobs of protoplasm, according to Evans. Friedman concludes by defining the conservative credo of freedom in current terms. It would support a volunteer army, decentralization, and a modified federal budget all of which are supported by the Nixon Administration. NET Journal The Conservative Viewpoint was produced for NET by WTTW, Chicago. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Moderator: Hyman, Sidney
Panelist: Friedman, Milton
Panelist: Evans, M. Stanton
Panelist: Rusher, William
Panelist: Kirk, Russell
Producer: Weston, William
Producer: Sommers, Jack
Producing Organization: WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
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Library of Congress
Identifier: 2050040-1 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 2 inch videotape
Generation: Master
Color: Color
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2050040-2 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 1 inch videotape: SMPTE Type C
Generation: Master
Color: Color
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2050040-3 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: U-matic
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: Color
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2050040-4 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Master
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2050040-5 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Copy: Access
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Chicago: “NET Journal; 273; The Conservative Viewpoint,” 1970-05-04, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 21, 2024,
MLA: “NET Journal; 273; The Conservative Viewpoint.” 1970-05-04. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 21, 2024. <>.
APA: NET Journal; 273; The Conservative Viewpoint. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from