Parity and the Morality of Democracy

Modernity’s conception of democratic morality seems preoccupied with fairness, and particularly so in reference to viewpoint parity. This is primarily a concern for those who perceive themselves to be in the minority, or, in populist cases, fear becoming a minority. One can see this concern in the cries of discrimination expelled from the lungs of conservatives who believe themselves censored on social media. Part of this argument is driven by the incontrovertible fact that left-leaning…

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Collectivization and the Media and Government’s War for “the People”

In the overwrought battle for the soul of the country which the press and the Trump administration have convinced their respected partisan foot soldiers is being waged, defense of “the people” is the common shibboleth around which each side rallies. For Trump and his acolytes, “America First” is an all-encompassing justification; it bestows upon those who march under its banner a kind of sanctity, which at one and the same time empowers a broad array…

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Precedent Should Not Be Worshiped By Politicians

The Western world has largely left the age of dynasty behind. No more is government a vehicle for personal laud and fortune; virtue, in its function as a barometer of efficacious law, takes its meaning from something more empiric than the whim of an empowered potentate. But overwhelmingly beneficial as this has been for the health of the body politic on the whole, the liberalizing of government institutions also has a downside. And this is…

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The Trouble With the Executive Branch

Article II of the Constitution—which sets the bounds of executive power—is notoriously short; the document imbues remarkably scant powers to the executive, and to the president in particular. Much of the text outlines procedural mechanisms, to do with the time, place and manner of elections, and behavioral limitations: duties the president is either compelled to perform or forbidden. The president is effectively tasked with five primary powers: the power to veto legislation passed by both…

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Rand Paul’s Intransigence Is Exactly What Politics Needs

To read the derogatory charges being brought against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) by his party colleagues, the libertarian-leaning legislator’s last-ditch effort to inject some measure of fiscal sanity into the hastily-cobbled together stopgap spending bill was tantamount to some sort of putsch. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) called Paul’s actions “grossly irresponsible”, while Sen. John Thune (R-SD) belittled his efforts on the grounds that they never produced results. In the House, meanwhile, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)…

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Re-establishing federalism starts with divorcing national politics from elections

If one believes that many of the shortcomings of today’s politics can ultimately be traced to the abandonment of federalist principles—as tends to typify certain strains of right-wing thought—then the trend in national elections, which primarily subjects candidates running for federal office to scrutiny by other elected officials rather than to the judgment of their constituents, should be an alarming one. It is perhaps telling that while many descry the influence of outside actors, particularly…

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Equal Protection of Rights Needs to Ground Tax Policy Debate

The necessity for citizens to be equal before the law is a concept most often emphasized within the framework of the criminal justice system: Americans clamor, and rightly so, with particular vigor for the ability of each individual to receive a fair and impartial trial, to be judged by the same standard as all others accused of a similar crime. This demand for parity, however, is often absent from debates surrounding the merits of various…

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