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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.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

The Fraudulence of the Republican Party, and the Adverse Shift in the Balance Between Good and Evil in America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A patriot is someone who is willing to put aside selfish interests to serve the good of the nation. Today's Republican leaders have shown a willingness to do the very opposite: sacrificing America to gain advantage for themselves.

Immigration Is Down, but the Latino Population Is Still Surging

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

Dole Is Conservative, Cruz Is Not

David Jenkins | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
David Jenkins

Last week at CPAC, with his cock-sure arrogance on full display, Senator Ted Cruz mocked former Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney as candidates that do not stand on principle.

Arizona Veto of "Religious Liberty" Bill Shows that Economic Conservatives Take Religious Conservatives for Suckers

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When a conservative Republican governor vetoes a "religious liberty" bill passed by a conservative Republican legislature because the business community tells her to, it shows who really calls the shots.

Elitism and the Real Face of Conservatism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The elitism of the right wing -- personified by Tom Perkins and his "system" -- makes me sick. More than that, it makes me angry, and anger is a powerful motivator. We have to understand what progressivism is up against.

Bridgegate and Conservatism

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

The GOP's response to Bridgegate explains a lot about conservatism today, and how it has evolved since Ronald Reagan's era.

Why Jimmy LaSalvia Has Become a Welcome Independent Voice in the U.S.

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

On Monday last, Jimmy LaSalvia, who co-founded the U.S. Republican LGBT group, GOProud, announced on his website that he has left the Republican Party, and has become independent.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Is Still a Black Holiday for Far Too Many Americans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The blind eye, indifference or even out right disrespect of the King holiday 28 years after the first was officially observed shouldn't really surprise. It took decades and hard battles to get the King federal holiday bill enacted in the first place.

The "Real JFK" - Not Conservative, and Not Forgotten

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Listen to the breath, the unbroken message that creates itself from the silence, it rushes towards you now, from those youthfully dead. - Rainer Maria...

The GOP's Cuccinelli Problem

David Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Jenkins

If Ted Cruz and company's government shutdown exercise is exhibit A for what is ailing the Republican Party, Terry McAuliffe's victory over Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia's gubernatorial race should be exhibit B.

Republican Defeat in Virginia Well Earned

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The GOP didn't take over evangelicalism, the evangelicals took over the GOP, and it's been on a downward slope ever since.

The Media Should Stop Calling Tea Party Radicals "Conservative"

David Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Jenkins

Almost every day we are subjected to the lunacy of actual conservatives being attacked by radicals for not being "conservative" enough. Then, when the media reports on these attacks, it offers no challenge to their faulty premise.

Obama Strikes at the Heart of Reaganism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

With one deft stroke, Barack Obama made clear that the shutdown and the threat of a national default flowed directly from Reaganism, and that the tea party Republicans are no fringe element.

A Discharge Petition Will End This Nonsense... And Then, the New Nonsense Begins

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is nothing "sober" about shutting down government depriving soldiers, veterans, elderly, children, researchers and so forth of needed services. There is nothing "sober" about even using the word "default," much less teetering on the brink of it.

A Dawning Moment of Truth for the GOP

Shoham Geva | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

Ironically, our generation could well be the GOP's chance for a triumphant return. As a generation that came of age during turbulent economic times, it should be easy for us to hammer home the need for economic conservatism.

The Appeal of American Liberalism

Alex Reichert | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Alex Reichert

The appeal of liberalism to young, idealistic Americans is no surprise considering how liberal politics have shaped social progress in the U.S. over t...