Conversations On Philanthropy
Emerging Questions on Liberality and Social Thought

Richard C. Cornuelle

RICHARD C. CORNUELLE was a leading figure in the post-World War II libertarian movement who became one of our country’s most insightful analysts of philanthropy and civil society. In the early 1960’s, Dick’s intellectual and professional interests came to turn around a focal question: How can we restore and sustain the confidence and vitality of the American people and help them reclaim their energetic and independent traditions of mutual aid, charity, and voluntary association?

He was the author of several books and articles including: De-managing America, Healing America, and Reclaiming America. He initiated new projects to engage scholars and intellectuals in advancing our understanding the nature and operation of free institutions (the study of spontaneous orders) and in renewing our traditions of free association and independent philanthropy. (REV. 2014)

Selected Bibliography


1965                            Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Individuals and Voluntary Associations. New York: Random House.

1968                            The New Conservative-Liberal Manifesto. With Robert H. Finch. San Diego, California: Viewpoint Books.

1975                            De-Managing America: The Final Revolution. New York: Random House.

1983                            Healing America: What Can Be Done About the Continuing Economic Crisis. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

1993                            Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Individuals and Voluntary Associations. With a new introduction by Frank Annunziata and an afterword by the author. Reprint, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.

Articles & Speeches (selected)

1950                            “Up, the Welfare State!” American Affair (October 1950).

1986                            “YMCA: Who Needs It?” Discovery YMCA (Fall 1986).

1991                            “New work for invisible hands: A future for libertarian thought.” The Times Literary Supplement (April 5, 1991).

                                    A longer version published as, “The Power and Poverty of Libertarian Thought.” Critical Review 6(1).

1993                            “The First Libertarian Revival and the Next: Where We Were and Where We Are.” Critical Review (April 1993).

1996                            “De-nationalizing Community.” Philanthropy.

2000                            “Toward a New Philanthropy,” unpublished manuscript commissioned by the Earhart Foundation (3 parts).


Conversations Volume Year Contribution Title
Volume XBook ReviewBook Review Retrospective: Healing America
Volume XBook ReviewBook Review Retrospective: Reclaiming the American Dream
Volume XBook ReviewBook Review Retrospective: De-managing America: The Final Revolution

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