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…View More Statism Is Killing Creativity
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…View More Ideas, Not Gender, Are What Should Inspire Readers
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
It is one of the great ironies of modern politics that vague, colloquial conceptions of democracy understood simply as the moral authority of the people’s…View More How “America First” Rhetoric Reconfigures Classic Political Theory
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