How Rush Limbaugh Disenfranchised the Right

If, like myself, you’re a self-identifying conservative ideologue, then Rush Limbaugh has in past been a figure of influence. The man who has long given himself the self-aggrandizing label of “the big voice on the right” has been exactly that to many a conservative struggling to balance their own epistemology with broader public opinion. This is not to say that conservatives follow his lead; the very notion of taking orders is antithetical to the staunch…

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Extrapolating New Policies from Old Ideas: Why Darrell Castle Matters

The campaign drivel of hackneyed banalities which these days pass for inspired policy innovations demonstrates yet one more failing of modern politicians; they lack creativity. Today’s politics are venial. Politicians are more interested in the bump a policy gives to their public profile than in either the merits or the real-world feasibility of them. They are a means to an end—not an ends to themselves—selected as a tawdry means of vote-getting. Its why the policies…

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The Trump-Ryan Feud and Intraparty Loyalty

The fast-eroding relationship between Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Donald Trump is about as friendly as the one which existed between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. Many have been quick to descry Ryan, who has seemingly gone through more positions on Trump than a ballerina, and other party members for disavowing the nominee so close to an election that Republicans need to win lest their long-term durability as a national party be…

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