Posts in Politics
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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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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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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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
Four Reasons Republicans Should Fear Beto O’Rourke

Nobody knows what will happen in 2020. Soon enough the drama will be playing out before us. If Republicans plan to win, we need to be scouting the field and prepare ourselves for what’s coming. It is easy to scoff at the extremists on the other side, but if we’re not careful, they just might win. Beto has the fundraising power, grassroots enthusiasm, inspiring rhetoric, and crossover appeal to beat Trump in 2020.

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Two Cheers for Trumpism

Perhaps, as French implies, the best approach to combatting the Left’s attempt to remake middle America is to assert personal responsibility instead of stir up anger against the Left since that anger risks making people feel helpless and unable to live a better life.  One can “say no” to drugs—and live a better life.  No laws prohibit people from marrying and staying together.  Certainly responsibility is part of any solution and one cannot hope for too much from politics, as French suggests (would Tucker disagree?—I don’t think so). 

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Private Virtue, Our Only Hope

Although our country was founded upon this energetic contest, our Founders also stressed the importance of personal and civic virtue. Benjamin Franklin argued that “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Franklin argued that political corruption follows a lack of virtue, not of ambition.

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Shame on You, Julie Kelly

The French family has been treated horribly by the far-right due to their public stances against Trump. There are plenty of solid arguments to be made against the Never Trump movement and Nancy French’s skepticism regarding Brett Kavanaugh, but the character assassination offered by Julie Kelly amounts to nothing more than a politically motivated hit.

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The Gospel of Envy

If the 2016 Democratic primary is any indication, 13 million Americans today are ready to embrace the socialist label. What explains this fascination with a toxic ideology that’s responsible for tens of millions of deaths? American socialists appear not to care about the rising standard of living; rather, they seem to be motivated more by envy of the wealth and success of others.

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Liberal Hypocrisy Comes Home to Roost

Senator Gillibrand may be suffering well-earned political consequences for her handling of the Franken matter. It is probably good that someone willing to deploy mob-like justice on anyone at any time is limited in her ambitions for higher office. However, this incident reveals that the champions of #metoo are erecting a double-standard. For liberals accused of sexual assault, they want careful, considered due process. For conservatives it is “Sentence first—verdict afterwards.”

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PoliticsJay FloydComment
Good and Mad, or Incoherent and Willfully Blind: The Deep Thoughts of Ms. Rebecca Traister

 Standing as a refutation to Ms. Traister is the paradox of female happiness: as women do better they are more unhappy and likely to be medicated.  More equality promises to deliver happiness for feminists, but it never does.  Expecting to achieve happiness through securing equality is like trying to achieve youth by resetting one’s clock: no amount of equality yields contentment.  Ms. Traister’s radical feminism, with its sterile understanding of what women should want, may do much to empower women, but it does not a little in making women angry about the human situation itself. 

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"Studies Have Shown": Finding Frauds in the Age of Misinformation

The reality is that science, despite romantic notions of scientists and the infallible objectivity of the scientific method, is an industry. Academic promotion, notoriety, and profit all stand to be gained from research publication. Politicians, academics, environmentalists, manufacturers, and medical companies all have a serious vested interest in the outcome of scientific research, blurring many ethical lines. This year, in fact, a team of academics deliberately published seven fabricated research articles in respected journals to demonstrate the prevalence of political activism within the field.

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Why #WalkAway?

If the Democrats want to entice voters away from Trump, then they have to adopt a platform that makes it clear we all have the same goals and can find a compromise on how to accomplish them. Then we won’t need a Trump to feel like our voices are heard and our friends and family aren’t despised. But until that time, Republicans will continue to vote red—even if that means voting for an incendiary like Trump.

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