Populism does not explain 2016’s electoral turmoil

Public discourse has been nationalized. The omniscience given to the federal behemoth by putting every issue within its purview has resulted in dialogue governed by factionalism which pits glossed, venal opinions against each other and considers them only from a superficial view imposed on society from above. One consequence of this behavior is an emphasis on consensus. Every issue must fit neatly into every other and dissent is a reactionary anti-establishment attitude, significant more as…

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The myth of society: the social contract and the body politic

Author’s note: This post is the first in a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. In a state of nature, potential is boundless. There are no gate-keeping titans to dismiss ideas as contrary to the public good. But there are no curators either, no channels for development. Instead, men must be ever vigilant of their property for there is no redress of grievance except force. The constant expenditure of…

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Political endorsements demean individual sovereignty

Electoral politics has become alarmingly medieval. The end of the primary season is like nothing so much as a joust for insipid politicians vying to see who can yield to the newly crowned king of the party most obsequiously and win a paltry prize of tenuous continuing relevancy. The common people in the party, meanwhile, are expected to yield their independence and support the nominee lest they endanger success in the general election. Political parties…

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The Anti-Federalists were right

It is couth in intellectual political circles to speak of the Anti-Federalists as well-intentioned but ultimately wrong in their predictions of the doom that the Constitution spelled for freedom in America. Their often emotionally-saturated arguments are talked of as fear-mongering propaganda, a pejorative classification usually not attached to Federalist arguments for the Constitution. Perhaps this rather biased view can be accounted for with several sad and simple truths about how individuals reason. First, positive arguments…

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Capitalism hasn’t failed, but it is dead

With a sense of moral smugness that imputes Karl Marx’s theory on the stages of history is finally being proven true, opinion from the self-appointed intelligentsia increasingly posits that capitalism has failed, or that America is moving towards a post-capitalist system. Snide insinuations about the supremacy of leftist economic theories which turn the commodification of people into a simple matter of policy aside, their conclusion is, in part, correct. America is not capitalist. And it…

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The problem with American politics, in the words of Jethro Tull

“I may make you feel, but I can’t make you think.” So sang Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson in the opening lines of the prolific rock group’s Thick As A Brick. Made up of a single song consisting of two 20-minute tracks, the album is an epic poem, written by genius schoolboy Gerald Bostock, wise well beyond his years, whose jaded, anti-establishment observations provoke outrage and lead the leaders of his village to brand him a…

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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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