by Grant Reid | And why you need to read us.
To new and old Jumbos alike, welcome to Tufts University. By picking up this magazine, you have shown your willingness to move beyond the prevailing liberal bias on campus and think critically about important issues that affect our campus, nation and world. Each issue of The PRIMARY SOURCE embraces this same willingness to question the prevailing conventional wisdom on this campus and offer a conservative viewpoint that is otherwise lacking on such a leftist-friendly campus.
Admittedly, it seems like a tough time to be a conservative. With polls and pundits bracing for epic defeats of Republican candidates from ocean to ocean, it would be easy to retreat into a corner and simply allow our liberal friends their moment in the sun. As you’ll quickly discover, this is not how The PRIMARY SOURCEoperates. Our motto is Veritas Sine Dolo, or “Truth Without Sorrow.” Precisely because this is such a challenging moment for the conservative movement, we are even more committed to proving conservatism’s inherent truths within these pages. As you may have figured out from your fellow classmates, this can appear to be a tall order on this campus, but we understand it to be an essential one.
The potential emergence of overwhelming Democratic majorities and the ascendancy of liberal thought makes our task even more necessary. Yet despite all the reasons to despair over the possible future of our political culture, there is ample reason to hope. A beleaguered Republican Party and an intellectually sclerotic conservative movement create a prime opportunity for young conservatives to rethink the very principles that have proven successful in the past and adapt them to modern times. There is no better place to begin that process than at a university that ostensibly engages in critical thought and constantly forces conservatives to defend their positions. Our contributors have different ideas and different interests that work together to create a diverse collection of viewpoints you cannot find in any other publication on this campus. Ultimately, the goal of the ideas advanced in these pages and the conversations and debates they ignite is to seed the fields of a future conservative harvest and prepare the leaders of a future conservative movement.
We encourage you to join our debate by contributing to the magazine, commenting on articles on our website, or engaging our fellow classmates and us in discussions about key issues. Even if you are not inclined to agree with what you read here, the staff at The Primary Source encourages you to question your beliefs and our own: you just might change your mind or some of ours, or emerge with your beliefs even stronger. In the process, you might be surprised to find the SOURCE actually fosters more intellectual diversity than any do-gooder campus activist group ever will.
Finally, remember that the PRIMARY SOURCE is your campus watchdog. Too often, our fellow Jumbos are willing to steer clear of debating the real issues about the future of the university and our nation. The history of The PRIMARY SOURCE demonstrates that we will never shy away from these key issues. Sometimes this may lead us to take unpopular positions or to ruffle a few feathers when intellectual life on campus needs a jolt. This is a risk we are willing to take in order to provoke civil and productive discussion on any important issue. Our dogged pursuit of truth begins again today; we face that challenge willingly, and as always, without sorrow. Veritas Sine Dolo.
Mr. Reid is a senior majoring in History.