The Age of Bureaucracy is over. You probably won’t read that at the top of most newspapers, and a look through the expenses of the federal and state governments certainly wouldn’t give anyone that idea. For decades, Americans have adopted a peculiar view on how to address society’s problems. It goes, in short: “If it [...]
Conservatives usually abhor any sort of government-sponsored paternalism. Some conservatives have recently advocated for a more mild form of paternalism, called soft paternalism. They argue that since the government apparatus to influence social norms exists, it should be used to promote conservative values. While this seems attractive, several problems should make it anathema to conservatives. [...]
Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” This could also be the summary of Philip Coggan’s new book The Last Vote: The Threats to Western Democracy. The title is as ominous as the argument: Today’s democracies are beset by problems, mostly of their [...]
Individual responsibility made America great, and a message based on individual responsibility can sell conservative ideas to young voters, business owners, and Tea Partiers alike, according to Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. “I believe in individual responsibility over collectivism,” Schock told Doublethink during a June 26 interview in his office on Capitol Hill. “Our country is [...]
Before there was Rand Paul, there was Robert Taft: a prominent Republican senator who spoke out against excessive federal spending, a growing welfare state, military adventurism overseas, and the erosion of civil liberties at home. Unlike Paul, Taft was the son of a president. But the younger Taft, despite thrice seeking the GOP presidential nomination, [...]
It may be a stretch to say liberty is thriving in small town Republican politics, but if Amherst, Ohio is any indication, it definitely has a real presence. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, visited the upper-middle-class town last month to discuss national issues with his constituents. The people there didn’t vote him in—his fourth district was [...]
For libertarians, the quest to reduce (and, eventually, eliminate) many functions of government can appear to be a Sisyphean task. Even the laughably timid federal budget sequester generated a level of outrage and opposition wholly disproportionate to the spending “cuts.” At the same time, if the goal of libertarians is to dramatically shrink the size [...]
Conservatives lost the “cares about people like me” vote in the last election, but they can take it back. How? By taking up the cause of poor Americans through new welfare reform – especially if conservatives engage the nation in a debate on the right terms. Millenials perceive the left as caring about the poor [...]
It’s an all too common thing for people to wish for what they see as a simpler time in their life. I know I have been prone to do it at various junctures, comparing the seemingly chaotic nature of the present with that of an idealized past, in which the hardest decisions of the day [...]
By all accounts, Peter Boettke is exactly what he claims to be in Living Economics—a lover not just of economics but also of teaching economics. This book mixes together Boettke’s personal thirst for understanding, his admiration of the great minds and ideas that have influenced him, his appreciation for intellectual challenges to his own beliefs, [...]
With Paul Ryan’s ascent to the Republican ticket, Ayn Rand returned to contemporary political conversation. Her artistic abilities aside – she has all the weaknesses of Wordsworth’s Romantics with none of their attendant strengths –Rand’s supporters tout her Objectivist individualism as an answer to the claims of Leviathan. But, paradoxically, her defense of individual freedom [...]
The Happy Warrior Why and how someone becomes a Libertarian varies from person to person. For Bryan Caplan, one of America’s leading economists, it all started with a little book called Atlas Shrugged. Since its publication in 1957, that book has inspired countless intellectual conversions throughout the world. For Caplan, it was the beginning of [...]
Profiling the talented economics professors who are inspiring the next generation of libertarians. A Kid in a Candy Store Many libertarians experience a gradual migration to the movement, perhaps beginning with Atlas Shrugged or a lecture by a prominent libertarian, and then becoming more deeply informed and active in the movement. But Donald Boudreaux [...]
The administration’s alumni two years on.
A Vet for Freedom talks health care.
The rise of DC’s liberal policy machine
Defending Sarah Palin against her critics.
Christopher Caldwell’s reluctant case for an Americanized Europe.
Why is the reality of being a conservative in a cultural field so disconnected from the rhetoric of right-wing pundits?
In recent years, American conservatism has morphed from a smoke-filled room of martini-swilling adults into nothing short of a nursery. The Right, once known for its emphasis on individual accomplishment and personal responsibility, once a haven for those keen on adults making their own decisions, has linked arms with the stroller moms of Park Slope and put babies at the center of its universe.
Lost in all the noise about the ongoing bail-out is an important vote before Congress, slated for November 1, on a controversial plan to overturn the ban on guns in National Parks. The proposed new rule would lift the ban only in National Parks located in states that allow concealed carry in their own State Parks. It’s not just about the Second Amendment, however. People’s lives are increasingly at risk from marauding drug dealers who grow vast quantities of marijuana on federal parkland and jealously defend their turf.
John McCain is on the ropes. He needs another “game changer” to win the election—something as bold and unexpected as the Sarah Palin pick. Here it is.
The tide is turning on gay marriage. When will the GOP notice?
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Jacob Hayutin
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Hadley Heath