Ben in Berkeley Scolds the Poor

Democracy is still new to conservatives in certain ways. Even so, it’s strange for a democratic people to see full-throated moralism denouncing the poor from an oligarchic position. For a certain brand of conservative—and in spite of all trends pointing elsewhere—it remains what’s hot today. Ben Shapiro just stood up for that kind

By | 2017-09-20T10:31:52+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

The Game for the 2018 Elections

In a recent  stunt on the Senate floor, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) forced a vote on the use of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law that at least two presidents have  leaned on repeatedly to justify a state of endless war. Paul’s amendment failed in the end, but

By | 2017-09-19T09:22:53+00:00 September 16th, 2017|

Foreign Policy Elites Don’t Have Superpowers

Like so many members of what Michael Walsh aptly calls the “Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party,” leading neoconservative Eliot A. Cohen still doesn’t get what happened on election night last year. Writing in The Atlantic , Cohen served up a scathing (if meandering) critique of President Trump’s foreign policy. Cohen believes Trump’s administration has

By | 2017-09-18T12:07:41+00:00 September 16th, 2017|

‘Party of Lincoln’ No More

One of the most prominent clichés that passes for wisdom among the GOP Establishment and conservative intellectual elite is that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. But Donald Trump, as we are told ad nauseam, is doing his best to sever the electric cord that ties the Republican Party to Lincoln’s political principles. 

By | 2017-09-09T14:47:33+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

When Did ‘Tariff’ Become a Bad Word?

"Another Revelation of Strength," political cartoon, 1898. President Trump last month empowered U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to investigate China’s theft of American intellectual property (IP), which costs America up to $500 billion annually. A new report from Axios, however, reveals that Trump’s aggressive action on IP theft may just be the beginning.

By | 2017-09-09T09:42:57+00:00 September 6th, 2017|

Ending DACA is a Win for American Workers

The battle over illegal immigration just kicked into high gear, as President Trump has decided to scrap Barack Obama’s ill-conceived and unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The administration will, however, delay enforcement for six months, so as to give Congress time to act. This is stellar news—a big win American

By | 2017-09-08T09:55:56+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

Let’s Bust Some 21st Century Trusts

During the Gilded Age, so-called “captains of industry” such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan led an industrial revolution that transformed the nation with technological innovation, creating for Americans unparalleled improvements in the average standard of living and amassing great personal fortunes in the process. The spectacular success—and enormous power—of

By | 2017-09-07T14:00:26+00:00 September 5th, 2017|