Category: Opinion

Ideologues are the true moderates

Modern American discourse puts a primacy on compromise. This is measured, not by any sort of real rationality, but simply in an absurdist numbers game where conciliatory parties from all sides of the debate are balanced against each other. This faux “unity” becomes the standard of merit for social and political action. Those who oppose…

Funneling money to rogue regimes is always immoral

The reason the Obama administration funneled $400 million to Iran, notorious as a state-sponsor of terror and serial abuser of human rights, is irrelevant; the action is immoral. There can be no moral equivocating about goods offsetting bads in this action. Even if this were a ransom payoff- which the president has vociferously denied- there…

The notion that Hillary’s nomination helps me as a woman is degrading

There’s been a lot of talk of glass ceilings this week as Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for president in American history, and a lot of positive messaging to little girls that this somehow represents the righting of some great injustice which will somehow make their dreams for the future more attainable. As…

Elections are not about partisan unity

Elections are not about unity. They are about competing ideas of right and wrong vying for resonance with the populace. They are about individuals exerting their conscience and branding their interests on the way government functions. They are about local actors reminding the federal government that power flows from the bottom up under the American…

How James Comey reconfigured the American legal process

When in 1170 Henry II famously cried in frustration “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” and an overly enthusiastic minion interpreted this as an order to assassinate the cantankerous Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, the king successfully avoided being taken to task by the pope and his fellow Christian rulers by pleading…

Brexit fallout: Weighing the cost of freedom

Brexit is a rare affirmation for the rewards of ideological motives in a modern world driven by consensus politics and reactionary alarmism. The vote to leave the nightmarish morass of the European Union was driven by purist desires to sovereignty- a noble act of rebellion and self-affirmation in the face of dishonest politicking. While the…

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…

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