Why the right’s rush to Austin Petersen betrays their principles

Ted Cruz’s loss in the Indiana primary ushered in dark days for many who consider themselves devotees of individualism, free markets and limited government . Donald Trump’s victory speech seemed like Neville Chamberlain declaring “peace in our time,” leaving ideological conservatives alienated with the uneasy¬† feeling that the remaining major party candidates presaged an inevitable rise of authoritarianism. Rather than sit and brood about the death of freedom, many in the Never Trump right who…

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2016 and the mythos of political unity

Thomas Jefferson, when asked by Francis Hopkinton whether he identified as a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist, tritely replied that he was neither. The American Renaissance Man replied with a disdain that is palpable even today, “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I am capable of thinking for myself.” I’ve always thought Jefferson-…

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