Contemporary politics is less a formal party system, organized around substantively different sets of beliefs, and more an emergent schism between doomsday prophets who can…View More The Politics of Doom: Rhetorical Bluster or Electorally Transformative?
An efficacious politics requires some degree of exclusivity, even in a democratic society. A functional government is built on choice; politicians must sort through vast…View More America’s Party Culture, Part 1: An Exclusive Club
The 2016 election was something of an existential crisis for many across the partisan spectrum, but perhaps not quite as literally for any group as…View More The Hollowing Out of the Conservative Mind
Often these days it seems legislators put more effort into the naming of bills than into analyzing the details of new laws and their likely…View More When Governing Becomes An Aesthetic Act
The attempt by a deranged individual to assassinate a group of Republican legislators was all too illustrative of the ugly rhetoric of force, the last…View More In defense of political polarization
Originality has never been much of a virtue in politics. Protecting the long-term interests of the state, its officials and its citizens requires stasis. Politics…View More Statism Is Killing Creativity
The nascent Trump presidency is a veritable labyrinth comprised of twisting scandals and the pitfalls of internecine quarrels. Yet, the true crisis of modern government…View More Current Political Culture Undercuts Separation of Powers