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Kevin Saylor

Recipient of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute award for conservative writing, presented by Margaret Thatcher in 1997


... order means more than just keeping the peace; it also means providing continuity. In order to plan for the future -- or even to enjoy freedom in the present -- people must know that the government will not make arbitrary decisions that will radically alter the rules for participating in civil and social affairs. Stability, however, must be balanced by justice. Stability should not be used as an excuse for upholding a status quo that is itself inherently unstable because it suppresses social forces that cannot ultimately be contained. Thus, government, while limited, must have sufficient power to promote changes which will increase the freedom and justice afforded the people.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from his winning essay "A Guiding Light", excerpted in National Review