Politics

Hillary, It Takes a Village, Not a State

In Hillary Clinton’s mind, a diverse nation of 300 million plus people, a nation of nearly 20,000 actual cities, can be managed like a single village where childhood never ends.

The New Revanchism: The Theme of Politics Today

Revanchism in our time has both left-wing and right-wing forms.

 

- July 25, 2016
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Have We Become a Nation of Servants?

Of America's democratic system, Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote, “Citizens leave their state of dependence just long enough to choose their masters and then they return to it.” Do we do that now?

Should a V.P. be One Person’s Choice?

In politics, you can’t always count on the better person getting the job. The truly better ones usually don’t run in the first place. So when the superior man or woman actually gets the nod, whether by fate or choice, it’s noteworthy.

 

- July 24, 2016

Would Ayn Rand Approve of Rule by a Rich and Powerful Capitalist?

As we get closer to the full swing of the general election cycle, those sympathetic to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism will face this question: “Shouldn’t an Objectivist be in favor of someone like Donald Trump? He’s selfish and a powerful businessman, right?”

How I'm Voting for Both Hillary and Trump

For many years I thought not voting for the presidency was just that – not voting. Yet, after consulting with my partisan brain trusts on the right and the left, I have been duly corrected. I will be voting for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this November by not voting at all.

- July 21, 2016
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Elizabeth Warren's Coming War on Apple, Google, and Amazon

Sen. Warren's plan to attack "monopolies," ironically, threatens consumer choice and competition.

- July 21, 2016
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Nixon? Surely Not

The model that the Donald Trump campaign is using for its public image, messaging, and policies was the one pioneered by Richard Nixon in 1968. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort confirmed it.

 

- July 19, 2016

Should I Teach My Kids to Respect the Office of the Presidency?

If only we could see ourselves as everyday people and stop worshiping at the altar of the Presidency, we and our children would be the better for it, no matter how topsy-turvy the world may become.

- July 19, 2016

Quote of the Day: H.L. Mencken on the Lofty Ideal of Democracy

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people."

- July 19, 2016
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No, We Are Not Mere Pawns

The future will neither belong to those who coerce, nor to those who merely criticize.

- July 19, 2016

Donald and Hillary in Plunderland

In both their policies and personalities, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the natural offspring of the upside-down incentives of the political plunderland that the American system has degenerated into: where governance is perverted into a regime of kleptocratic power-grabbing and the paternalistic social engineering of human relationships.

- July 18, 2016

Think Outside the Ballot Box

Innovation, not legislation, can build a better world.

- July 11, 2016

The Problem with Government Is Not Poor Management

The federal government has two million employees, most of whom a president can’t fire. And that’s not the half of it. “Post-1960 Federal America has become a grotesque Leviathan by proxy, in which an expanding mass of state and local government workers, for-profit contractors, and nonprofit grant recipients administers a vast portion of federal money and responsibilities,” writes John J.DiIulio Jr. for the Washington Post.

If Republican voters think a Trump presidency will be four to eight years of “The Apprentice” on steroids, with Trump telling those who disobey or slack off “You’re fired,” they are as delusional as their hero.

- July 01, 2016
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The Fate of the Rising Generation within a Bureaucratic Environment

Bureaucratization means subjection of the young to the domination of the old.

- June 30, 2016

Voters Are Ignorant, not Stupid

Democracy is the idea that the people rule — but what if people don't have a clue what their government is doing?

- June 29, 2016

The Weird Hobbesianism of the Brexiphobes

Does the Brussels bureaucracy really embody the essence of the capitalist spirit?

- June 28, 2016
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Pollster Questions That Cannot Be Answered

Gallup doesn't get that the old paradigms of American politics no longer apply. 

- June 23, 2016
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Not Voting Is a Powerful Form of Dissent

Every election can be expected to unleash ponderous commentaries bemoaning low voter turnout. 

- June 18, 2016
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60 Policies from One Year of Donald Trump

It's been one year of Trump already; let's review his top suggestions to make America great again.

- June 17, 2016
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Senator Declares after Orlando: "Due Process Is Killing Us"

Do gun controllers really want to turn America into a police state?

- June 16, 2016

Who I'm Voting For

What if we encouraged people in daily life to make sure they show up and vote for their own potential with the same sense of urgency we exercise towards begging them to vote on election day?

- June 16, 2016

How I Learned to Lie Like a Politician on a Two-Hour Bus Trip

If politicians tell the same lie over and over, it's because it gets them elected over and over. But how do they get away with it?

- June 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Obi-Wan's Gambit

“You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

- June 07, 2016
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You Still Have the Freedom Not To Vote

Exercise it on Behalf of Those Who Do Not

- June 03, 2016

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