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Edmund Burke

The Tortuous, Corrupted Logic of the Last Supreme Court Ruling on Finance

Carl Pope | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

The shard of hope that remains for democracy as most Americans --- and the Founders -- understood it, is that the vote was a divided 5-4, and enjoys not even a smidgeon of public legitimacy.

5 Great Ideas From the Travel Book That Changed My Life

Hunter Styles | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Hunter Styles

Not many of my friends have heard of Alain de Botton, the author of trim, thoughtful books like How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations o...

Howard's Daily: Clashing Currents of Political Philosophy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The quest for certainty, both in philosophy and law, offers ample evidence of philosophical failures. But humans have a need for philosophy, so embracing the humanistic, organic philosophy of Aristotle, Burke, Tocqueville, Berlin, Havel, and many others is where I think individual and social fulfillment can be found.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

Jon Ward

Yuval Levin On Obama's Claim To Be Conservative, GOP's Lack Of Governance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The divisions between right and left that define politics today go far deeper than the talking points thrown around on television, exten...

Jon Ward

Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuval Levin Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- For 15 years, I have kept a quote in my wallet from a Washington Post profile of David Remnick after he had been hired to run The New ...

Be Careful

James Campion | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
James Campion

Don't be fooled. Both liberals and conservatives are always keen on limiting your freedoms, while clouding up your vision of this by arguing that the other has a monopoly on those limits.

The GOP's Real Problem? It's Not Conservative Enough

Alex Knepper | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

Philosophical conservatism is not a panacea to our nation's problems -- it can be too stuffy, too trusting of tradition, and too attached to visions of a mythical past. But it is a vital component of a healthy political system.

Willard's Last Gaffe?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Does Romney really think that the Wall Street billionaires and multimillionaires, Pentagon contractors, chambers of commerce and other big and small businesspeople who so lavishly supported him and other politicians paid all that money out of love and admiration for him and the rest?

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART II

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

To repair its economy, the U.S. urgently needs finely-tuned macroeconomic policies and institutional changes. For this challenge, a rational voter would not rely on the Republican pseudoconservative political stance that, after helping to bring about the Great Recession, has foundered in self-contradiction.

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART I

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

The polarized politics of our time, joined with an appetite for pigeonholing, exert pressure on everyone to categorize themselves. Sometimes people declare themselves for "isms" that they have not plumbed. An example in point is conservatism. The politicians who now travel under the banner of "conservatism" happen to espouse views and methods that are incompatible with the philosophy bearing that name. Meanwhile members of the opposing political party have imbibed a dose of the wisdom conveyed by conservatism. This includes a cautious disposition to welcome expert reasoning about economic policy, reasoning of the sort desperately needed for recovery. When the details of this are made clear, so are voters' alternatives in the forthcoming election.

David Brooks: 'Traditional Conservatism Has Gone Into Eclipse'

The New York Times | David Brooks | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

Conservatism has lost half of its intellectual firepower. Republicans need to recover traditional conservatism or risk becoming irrelevant....

Intellectual Empathy

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Michael Jinkins

The capacity for intellectual empathy is essential to those who wish to live generously and with integrity in a pluralistic society. It is even more essential today than in times past.

Senate Will Be a Diminished Place Without Lugar

Jim DiPeso | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Jim DiPeso

Lugar is a fount of knowledge on the most important public policy issues our country faces today, including energy, national security, foreign relations, the federal budget, and agriculture.

What Is a Conservative?

Jim DiPeso | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Jim DiPeso

What is a conservative? The question has arisen as mercurial Republican voters search for that elusive presidential candidate who can make their conservative pulses quicken.

Amy Lee

Fear Can Help You Appreciate Abstract Art: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home

The next time you're having trouble appreciating Jackson Pollock, try seeing a horror movie first. According to a new study, feeling fear may actua...

A Conservative Critique of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

Fred Bauer | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Fred Bauer

Even as more money is being poured into testing-centric education "reform," there may be a space for classical conservatives and certain factions of the left to work together to expose the limits of the current testing ethos to provide a better foundation for the nation's education policies.

"The Sounds of Silence": Songs About Silence and Shame for Penn State

David Wild | Posted 01.14.2012 | Sports
David Wild

It's taken me a few days to begin to make any sense whatsoever of the disturbing and disgraceful story still unfolding at Penn State. Yet this much seems clear: what we are seeing at long last is another tragic example of the human cost of silence in the face of evil.

The Growing Impossibility Of Interfaith Dialogue

Tony Campolo | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Tony Campolo

In today's world, the voices of moderation are becoming fewer and fewer, while extremist groups are growing in size and are flexing more and more political muscle.

A Campaign for Congress Worthy of Our Attention

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It has often been said that politics is not a spectator sport. There is no greater truth, especially these days. Yet we progressives do see glimmers of hope surfacing here and there, including in exciting places like Wisconsin.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The Charter Revision Commission voted last night to postpone by 11 years the effective date when a two-term limit would take effect, even if the voters approve it in referendum this fall.

Bromwich Channels Edmund Burke: "America is out of itself" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure.

The Rand Paul Opportunity: Hang the Tea Party Albatross Around the GOP's Neck in 2010--Nationwide

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Grown-ups in the Republican party (it's relative thing) understand the danger of the Rand Paul candidacy going national. That's why they opposed him in the first place.

An American Obsession with Freedom

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

The Obama administration and the Democrats crossed a line and touched a nerve in America's body politic. We sense our fundamental freedom endangered.