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Multiculturalism: New Bipartisan Mirage

Shapiro failed to capture the pivot Americans have made against globalization and multiculturalism, forces that dominated American politics until Donald Trump’s election. His deriding President Trump as a mere “populist” or  “reactionary” neglects the new American debate between globalism and the nation-state, traditionalism and secularism.

Tiger Woods and the Leftist Mob

In many ways, the election of Donald Trump occurred for this very reason. Americans in the “fly-over” states felt like they were being belittled by elitists on the coasts who held them in contempt. They saw a media that was dishonest and promoted political correctness and identity politics over accuracy in its reporting.

American Requiem

With the passing of Senator McCain, a towering figure in American politics hands the torch off to the next generation. Few men in the political arena have been as tested, and fewer still had the tenacity and courage to rise above the challenges.

Here's the Plan

Society is not some game of chess where we can move around each person like they are a pawn of the society’s objective. We must not forget that these “pawns” move with their own objectives. If we depart from the notion that each person is an individual with their own unique attributes and objectives, we can guarantee ourselves that only misery and despotism will quickly follow.

AMLO and Mexico’s Democratic Journey

Mexico experienced its biggest political change in a generation with the victory of veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the presidential elections. Latin America underwent a wave of left wing populism in the early years of the twenty-first century. This trend has ebbed in recent years with right-of-center governments being elected in Colombia, Chile, Peru, and  Argentina. But the Pink Tide may be belatedly hitting in Mexico.

Chomsky’s Civility

Civility in public life is a necessity for America. The brief euphoria of anger experienced in a shouting match is a selfish affair. It serves nothing but the most banal and tribal of our instincts, and harms the country deeply. While Buckley and Chomsky could not have been further apart, in a time marred by war, their willingness to calmly dialogue moved the national debate.

The Life of "Meh": Mediocrity and Misunderstood Greatness

The world of practical politics is all about the hustle of the moment; concepts of greatness elevate the thought of man above the general concerns of their time while simultaneously promoting virtues needed to persevere through the immediate epoch. This elevation in man encourages something higher in their life to strive for, separate from solely materialistic desires, thus understanding greatness as a crucial aspect of maintaining liberty in a society.

Wince and Repeat: Government Money and the Corruption of Higher Education

It seems the lesson to learn from the introduction of Title IV is that, when government tries to make college more affordable, college becomes less affordable. The lesson does not seem unique to education, but to human nature. The education industry, which has become a sausage cocktail of special interests, government money, and the youthful desire for a good time, does not provide the groundwork for good “student outcomes.”

Frederick Douglass’ Garrisonian Years

Frederick Douglass’ life and work highlight the best and worst of American history. Today, Douglass is generally known for his escape from slavery, but he was also a brilliant thinker whose writings are worthy of serious study to better understand slavery and America itself. His view of America changed over time, but his early understanding was highly critical of this country’s foundation, which he believed was linked to slavery, a sin to which he himself had been subject.

Italy's Soft Crisis

For the past few weeks a political crisis has been brewing in Italy with the potential to shock European politics; if it were not corrected, it’s consequences would have been far-reaching. But, last week, this conflict was resolved. How did this crisis come about, how was it resolved, and why was it so important?

The Corruption of a Noble Idea

The black man may not have been treated as a man by his white contemporaries, but the truth remained, even if the people had to undergo a violent conflict to adhere to it. The brutal lessons America learned through the work of Lincoln and the perilous Civil War were required for her to more fully adhere to its great creed that “all men are Created equal.”

MS-13 and the Imago Dei

While President Trump’s initial comment that members of MS-13 are animals could be explained as rhetorical flare, both his doubling down on the remark and subsequent defenses of his word choice ought be more directly confronted. All mankind is created in the image of God, a fact which confers inherent dignity and value onto every human being.

Contra Senator Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders is at it again with yet another harebrained scheme. He has rolled out a plan to guarantee to every American a publicly funded job, paying $15 per hour, with an additional $3 for health benefits. The price tag on this proposed plan is around $450 billion dollars, or 2.3% of America’s GDP. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Sanders’ plan faces a multitude of political and economic hurdles. In order to fund this program Sanders calls for large tax increases to be levied on America’s top earners and the ever expanding bracket of who this includes.

First, Let Me Be Clear

We are seemingly in the middle of a crisis, where political speech is simply a machine of manipulation for partisan battles. Is it too far gone to remember the days of Lincoln, when clarity was still seen as virtuous and a path to truth and goodness? Maybe not, but reflection, discussion, and clarity above all are desperately needed in a world sorely lacking.

The 100% Debt Club

Being part of the 100% debt club is not a designation that countries should strive for, as significant debt has been shown to slow economic growth. Slower economic growth leads to slower job creation and expansion. That said, being a member of the club does not, by default, lead to economic disaster. Some countries’ economies can handle the amount of debt while they work to decrease their debt-to-GDP ratio.