Statism Is Killing Creativity

Originality has never been much of a virtue in politics. Protecting the long-term interests of the state, its officials and its citizens requires stasis. Politics institutionalizes the status quo, preserves the standing order. Regimes that fail to do so form the detritus of history. The novel and untested is a threat in politics; the radically different might provide the solution to inequity, but it could just as easily exacerbate it. States have a primal instinct…

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Politicians Have No Solutions

The well of the American political imagination has run dry. There is not a single novel proposal being seriously pushed by any elected official in regards to any of the exigent crises which face the nation. Old, tired ideas that obviously had no merit the first time they were proposed and implemented, elsewise the issues they were designed to settle would not continue to crop up like a perennial weed choking the public discourse. In…

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Why the Freedom Caucus’ Negotiations Are Not a Victory for the Right

To suggest that the Freedom Caucus’ endorsement of the Affordable Health Care Act, with the addition of the MacArthur Amendment, is a victory rather than a capitulation is ludicrous. The move was a pivot away from principles, not just the hard-line right-wing ideology the caucus has been charged with advancing, but the basic principle of integrity. The Freedom Caucus’ move is dishonest in two parts: it breaks the covenant they made with voters, to whom…

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Ideas, Not Gender, Are What Should Inspire Readers

A recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times claimed that the greatest works of literature are sexist, even those written by women; this determination was made by contrasting the number of times the pronoun “he” appeared in contrast to the pronoun “she.” This kind of logic, which bases a whole system of fairness on nothing but numerical frequency, is truly alarming as it promotes the notion that women can only be inspired by other women.…

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Tax Day and Buy American Conveniently Coincide to Highlight Executive Overreach

This year’s Tax Day was marked by a wave of populist furor directed against President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. Meanwhile, retailers celebrate the anticipation of tax returns with a barrage of sales, marked to coincide with the anticipated cash with which consumers will be flushed. The disparity in these reactions is truly heinous. The former is protesting a political choice, perhaps a poor one from a messaging and transparency standpoint, to buck…

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The Senate is Broken, But Republicans Didn’t Break It

Senate Republicans invoking the nuclear option and requiring a simple majority for the approval of Supreme Court nominees has engendered a great deal of hysterical handwringing. Indeed, the terminology seems to demand such an overly dramatic response. The histrionics gets one point correct: the integrity of the Senate as a body has been utterly destroyed. However, it was not Republicans (who in fact were simply expanding a precedent Harry Reid set in 2013) who bear…

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Current Political Culture Undercuts Separation of Powers

The nascent Trump presidency is a veritable labyrinth comprised of twisting scandals and the pitfalls of internecine quarrels. Yet, the true crisis of modern government is missing from the gossip-driven scandalmongering that has become the exclusive domain of the daily news cycle. This is the clear lack of understanding from many members of the media and high-ranking members of the Republican leadership that the legislative and executive branches are separate and, most importantly, coequal branches…

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