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Conservatives and the Constitution

Max J. Skidmore | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Max J. Skidmore

Singing their praises of the Constitution, House Republicans adopted a "requirement that every bill must cite the provision of the Constitution which permits its introduction." Surprisingly, the actual Constitution frequently makes conservatives uncomfortable.

Has Ted Cruz Ever Actually Read the Bible?

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. His dad was/is a pastor and he's a Christian. Surely, Ted has read a least some of it at some point in his life, right? Maybe... and maybe not.

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

James Peron | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Throughout his column, Douthat speaks of how libertarian values restrain fascism--they do. To equate them with conservative ideology, however, is a bit of stretch. Conservatives are not libertarians. Conservatism is not the ally of liberty. It is first and foremost the ally of the status quo and the past. Every attempt to expand human liberty was opposed by conservatives of the day.

Liberal Arts and the Conservative Agenda

Bill Spellman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Bill Spellman

One might argue that these varied experiences, compressed into a four-year course of study, are the real prerequisites to advancing the public good, including individual and collective economic good.

We Need to Really Gut the Military

Tom Mullen | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Tom Mullen

American voters may have believed they "threw the bums out," as Carroll Quigley might put it, but the foreign policy never changed. The Obama administration may have used different tactics, but it's been even more interventionist than Bush's. It's certainly intervened in more countries.

Intolerance Masked As Tolerance Is Still Intolerance

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In ostensibly promoting tolerance, the essential core of liberalism, left wing extremists have taken on an ill-advised and misguided campaign to enforce an extreme version of political correctness, a form of intolerance that is ironically self-destructively anti-liberal. There is no constitutional right not to be offended.

Bernie Sanders Probably Isn't Running For President To Win

Deborah Foster | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Deborah Foster

Bernie Sanders's role is to push Clinton to the left. To push her to actually serve the people. Otherwise, she more than likely will not. And inequality will continue to increase as it has steadily done over the last 30 years. Because as great as Obama was on some issues, he was pretty bad on inequality.

Living in Our Own Private Silos

Byron Williams | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

What is America's greatest threat? In order to uncover this ominous threat we might be well served to utilize the apparatus known as the mirror. We've shunned many of our self-reflected impulses for the opiate of certainty, whereby difference is conveniently transmuted into a deficiency.

Why Climate Change Should be a Conservative Issue

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The word "conservative" means something different today from what it used to. Conservatives have traditionally understood the importance of stability--and the dangers of disrupting the established order. They considered it a responsibility to preserve their heritage and pass it down intact to the next generation.

Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.

Dylann Roof and a Culture that Turns the Truth on Its Head

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

"You rape our women," Dylann Roof is reported to have declared just prior to shooting nine black people in a Charleston church. And in that, he showed a mentality that reflects something deep in the culture.

Modern Conservatives Hate It's a Wonderful Life

Mike Lux | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Only the worshipers of big business could root against George Bailey. The too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks that brought us the 2008 financial collapse and the Great Recession, the Koch brothers and their like, with their Ayn Randian "selfishness is good" philosophy, have sadly brought us an economy utterly dominated by the Henry Potters of the world -- except on steroids.

What the Republican Nominee Says About the Party

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The most recent Pew data show that 48 percent of Americans say they identify as Democrat or lean Democrat, compared with 39 percent on the Republican side. The 2016 Republican primary then, necessarily hinges on how the GOP candidates might be able to adjust to this reality.

New Evidence That The Rich Are More Conservative Than the Rest

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's a long-running debate: Are rich people more conservative, and particularly more likely to be Republican? The answer is yes, and a large literature establishes this, but the debate still rages on, driven partially by the cognitive biases of elite commentators.

George Will Goes Mad Over Campus Sustainability

Peter Cannavo | Posted 06.20.2015 | College
Peter Cannavo

Apparently, a set of practices and principles designed to ensure that human civilization has a future on this planet is akin to religious zealotry.

Paul Waldman: Conservative Media Should Be Tough On Republican Candidates

Posted 03.19.2015 | Media

When the RNC announced a few weeks ago that conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was going to moderate a primary debate, many liberals ridiculed it as ...

There Is Nothing Libertarian About Conservatives

James Peron | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Modern conservatism is inherently big-government oriented. If you want to police the world, as well as every uterus, marriage and bedroom in the country, you have to spend money. Big government is inherent in the conservative agenda.

Why Gay Marriage Isn't Going to Top the Culture War Agenda

Eli Lehrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Lehrer

While some people will remain opposed to same-sex couples getting married -- just as a dwindling handful still oppose interracial marriage -- every sign exists that marriage will go away as a political issue. Most conservatives, even dedicated culture warriors, will simply move on. The marriage issue isn't going to turn into a replay of the abortion issue.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-in-Law Rule

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the enigmas of our political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people and policies that will deny him or her assistance. Indeed, many of the reddest states in the nation are among the largest beneficiaries of government aid.

Why Conservatism Needs Wilderness

David Jenkins | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
David Jenkins

In many ways, American conservatism owes its existence and its longevity as much to the vast wilderness landscape that greeted our forefathers as it does to European thinkers like Edmund Burke and Adam Smith.

The Middle Class Needs Help Now

John Murray | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
John Murray

As principled conservatives continue to unite under the banner of reform, our true test will be whether we can make our proposals reality, and create a brighter future for hardworking people throughout our country.

Jesus Drove Usurers From The Temple. We Allow 500-percent Interest Payday Loans. Where Are The Christians?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

First, let's start with the good (if you can really call it that) news: A trail of money that began with triple-digit loans to troubled New Yo...

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.