What is the proper end of government? It is a deceptively simple question. For most Americans, the answer probably resonates with the broad goals outlined…View More What is the goal of government?
If the 2018 budget blueprint recently released by President Trump through the Office of Management and Budget is, as right-wing commentators are claiming, the new…View More The Budget Blueprint is A Populist Nightmare, Not a Conservative Dream
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Insulating individuals from the consequences of bad choices does nothing to promote democratic governance or protect civil liberties. It does not teach voters to make…View More The conservative case against term limits
A unit of currency, even those based on elements with empirical worth, has absolute value. But this value is relative, both against other systems of…View More Money is not “good” or “bad”; it is what each individual makes it
The 2016 election has engendered upheaval of the traditional methods of politicking and obliterated normal partisan identities. It is unsurprising that the dominant hegemons should…View More Politicians attempting to vote shame are authoritarians
From the beginning, Monday night’s presidential debate was a cavalcade of collectivist rhetoric, with both candidates frequently invoking an ambiguous “we” as justification for their…View More The ambiguous “we” of modern American politics