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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Compromise is a myth

There seems to be a consensus in modern America that the culture of government is so bifurcated, so antagonistic that partisan bickering stymies any action. Or so the bloviating media commentators incessantly claim, often citing the paltry number of bills that successfully navigate the journey from bill to law. There is nothing wrong with qualification, but it must be coupled with quantification. He Government organs could pass 15 bills in a week. But, these could…

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On being a cynic in 2016

I’ve already griped about the deleterious effect rushes to consensus have on the meritocracy which is supposed to underlie American politics. But at the risk of being branded (not entirely inaccurately) a misanthropic pedant, I feel the increasing pressure for voters to fall in line with their party makes the point worth belaboring. Partisanship should not be a pejorative, so long as it is a reflection of ideological agreement between the individual and a party…

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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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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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