Voting Is Selfish. Which Is Why Get-Out-The-Vote Drives Are Unseemly.

In terms of public actions, there are few more selfish acts than voting. Voting is an individual act: a vote for or against a candidate or a ballot question is ultimately a reflection of that voters’ interests and value-judgments. And a reflection of that voters’ interests and value-judgments alone. The voting booth asks citizens to grade politicians. The metric for this evaluation? The individual’s interests and the degree to which they have been protected by…

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Size Isn’t What Makes A Business Good or Bad

America has an unfortunate tendency to impute merit into sizes: big business is innately predatory and harmful, while small businesses are inherently a boon to the community. From some perspectives, this is understandable: when the big box hardware chain sweeps into town and shutters the corner store that’s stood there since grandma and grandpa’s day, unfolding events can seem like an injustice. Local craftsmen lose their livelihoods and the entire community is a little less…

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Free Speech, Private Action and the NFL

Individual rights are absolute. In isolation, the individual’s ability to exercise his rights are bounded only by his imagination and his own physical limits. As a producer, the individual retains the same sort of dominance: any product that issues from his applied mental and physical labors is his to control. Without his reason, without his applied talent, his creation would be a mere possibility in the ether of the plane of abstraction. His rights to…

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Trump Attacks Google’s Bias, Reveals His Own

Yesterday, the president tweeted a video which alleges that Google’s decision to promote Barack Obama’s State of the Union speeches, while failing to do so with Trump’s, amounts to bias. #StopTheBias pic.twitter.com/xqz599iQZw — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018 But the president’s facts are as wrong as his rhetoric is abhorrent. Google did promote the president’s first and only State of the Union in 2018. It did not promote his 2017 address to the…

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Congressional Representatives Should Secure Rights, Not Interests

In the vernacular, the role of representatives is most often understood in terms of how they service the interests of the polity: the average citizen is busy and involved in his or her own life and has neither the time, inclination or requisite knowledge to make informed political choices. Or so the reasoning goes. Enter the representative, who fulfills one of two roles, depending upon whether one buys into the delegate or trustee model of…

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Left and Right Are No Longer Useful Political Markers

Traditionally, the left-right bifurcation of American politics is understood in reference to the federalist system. Conservatism upholds the sovereignty of individual’s judgments. Government it views as inherently limiting. To the limited degree government is a net positive, it is solely in its role as arbiter of disputes where one individual charges another’s actions have violated his rights. In all cases, organs of state and local governments as the superior means by which to rectify political…

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To Remain Viable, Political Parties Require Internal Debate

Post-2016 tribalism has put defensiveness at the forefront of politics. Particularly on the right, Reagan’s 11th Commandment—don’t insult members of your own party—has always held sway, but the Trump cult of personality has put such thinking into overdrive. One cannot criticize the president on any grounds without being harangued, dragged over the coals and called any number of rude names you’d be loathe to repeat in front of your mother. The 11th Commandment has long…

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