The Ridiculous Outrage over Monopoly: Socialism

Socialist regimes have murdered over 100 million people, and have enslaved millions more, yet many today are under the delusion that socialism and communism are really two different things. “Communism” makes them think of Stalinism and Siberian labor camps, “socialism” makes them think of high pensions and “free” healthcare. Socialism doesn’t entail cozy living in the Nordic countries (which are instead large welfare states with capitalist economies); it leads to the Gulag archipelago, the Cambodian killing fields, and the Chinese Great Famine.

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PoliticsElad VaidaComment
The Left Just Doesn't Get Gun Culture

The left ought not to pretend that broad gun control would be easy, and they ought not to insinuate that many of the recent proposals could be done without a massive use of force. In reality, the solutions are much more complex than that, and understanding gun ownership as both an individual choice and a cultural institution is an important first step towards determining effective policy.

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In Defense of Celibacy

For the most part, of course, those arguing for clerical marriage have their hearts in the right place: they hope to increase vocations and root out sexual corruption within the Church. But it is our original sin, not our sexual instinct, that is immutable, and it cannot be placated by earthly goods. It is only by deepening our devotion to Christ and allowing God’s grace to condition us in the Sacraments that we conquer sinfulness.

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Brantley Gilbert and Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a common theme in country music. Countless songs have been written expressing gratitude from artists towards their fathers. Brantley Gilbert’s new song, “Man Who Hung the Moon,” is instead written from the perspective of a father talking to a newborn child. In it, Gilbert expresses a wise awareness of the awesome responsibility of fatherhood and a profound understanding of its purpose. 

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Where Tradition Goes Wrong

The value of having a variety of traditional, orthodox forms of liturgy, is that there is a wide array of options within the Catholic Church that one can choose from without departing from the truth. By routinely fetishizing traditional liturgical forms of worship, orthodox Catholics move ever closer to creating a “Church of the museum,” falling in love with the things which pass away, and forgetting the fundamental truth that the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life.”

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Tolkien and Friendship

The recent film Tolkien spends relatively little time portraying the works for which J.R.R Tolkien is famous. He does not even begin writing The Hobbit until the last scene of the movie. Instead, the movie focused on his early life, specifically his friendship with three schoolmates to whom he was intensely loyal. Although this might seem like an odd storytelling choice, it provides an illuminating glimpse of Tolkien’s life and presents a clear picture of what friendship can and should be.

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The Kite Runner and Virtuous Fatherhood

Although he was far from a perfect man, Amir’s father shows us the value of a father who can teach his children virtue. Amir was naturally inclined to be a coward and spent most of his life indulging that inclination. However, living with an example of manly courage as a father produced a healthy sense of shame within Amir. He had seen what it meant to be a brave man and therefore knew that he fell short.

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Socialism and the Overton Window

We must continue to fight back against every Green New Deal, every attempt to expand abortion, every attempt to pass policy that will completely bankrupt the nation. It’s easy to laugh at politicians like AOC, mock climate-conscious celebrities who use private jets, and easy to make jokes about cow flatulence, but if we don’t fight back, today’s jokes might become tomorrow’s policies.

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When Conservatives Need To Change

While the Tories may not match seamlessly with either concept of conservatism, as much as the party name may indicate, their intent to carry out Brexit is an employment of both sorts of conservatism. The execution of the British exit from the EU is the fleshing out of the old idea that self-determination by a nation’s citizens is correct.

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Breaking Down Spain's Upcoming Election

2019 will be a major year for Europe, with European Parliament election coming in May, and the selection of a new European Commission President to replace Jean-Claude Juncker, who is not seeking a second term. The vote in Spain will feature many of the issues that are present in much of Europe such as economic policy, immigration, regionalism, and the debate over the EU. Taking place in one of Europe’s largest and most important countries, it may be a harbinger of European politics to come.

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A Pox on Both Houses

Ending his essay, Yenor claims, “Motives matter less than Frey thinks.” However, I argue Frey did not go far enough in condemning the dishonest motives behind some of the SOTU claims. We, as a nation, once wished for good people and good ideas to govern; now it seems the American public prefer their own ideas and anyone but the other side’s people. Neither party is devoid of this plague.

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The Oscars' Popularity Problem

It comes down to the simple fact that people no longer care about the Oscars because all they seem to do is award films that the general public has never seen, let alone heard of. Popular films for the most part are kept out of the main categories and delegated to technical categories—Black Panther and A Star is Born are excellent examples of this. Both tapped into the mood of the nation, moved audiences, generated a sizable profit, were nominated for the highest prize but got nothing more than a proverbial pat on the back.

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Lindsey Gies and the American Heart

In early December, Shelby High School senior and homecoming queen Lindsey Gies was rushed to the hospital. She would spend the next 53 days recovering from a severe infection, losing both of her legs below the knee as well as her fingertips. As her illness continued to unfold, the people of Shelby rallied behind the Gies family.

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Politics Was Always Uncivil

So instead of being depressed at our current political climate, take heart! What we’re going through is nothing new in human history. For as long as free government has existed, and for as long as it will exist, people will continue to engage in mudslinging, character assassination, spreading of lies, and other outrageous accusations.

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Reconciling Free Markets and Conservatism

Conservatives respect the accumulated ideas and order, refined by time and trial, which are embedded in institutions. The overlap then between free marketers and conservatives does in fact make sense: both systems work best when their members don’t suppose to know more than the masses who formed them.


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Peter Van NessComment
The Cowardice of Donald Trump

Although it is great news that the President is using the power of his office to advocate the pro-life cause, it is saddening that it will likely amount to little more than empty rhetoric from another Republican politician with little intention of making substantial change on this issue.

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PoliticsJosh FreyComment