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Has the Right Abandoned Free Market Economics?

From the earliest days of the republic, a faction of people have recognized the inextricable tie between economic and civil liberty. During the days of the Constitutional Convention, minus the protections afforded by the Bill of Rights, much dissent focused on the affect unchecked taxing power could have in allowing despotism to flourish: “By virtue of their power of taxation, ...

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Is Modern Politics Just a Semantics Game?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump may have brought the immigration issue to the forefront of the primary, but the nuances have effectively become a cudgel with which the media can beat him and his running mates. And yet none of the questions asked in sanctimonious tones by anchors who confuse intensity and anger with serious skepticism seem concerned with the actual merit of ...

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Is Rule of Law Dead in America?


When the president rules by fiat, touting the dual powers of his pen and his phone, and the Supreme Court commandeers legislative power, political rule of law is obviously just a token on which feckless politicians run, paying lip service because it buoys political efficacy and turns out the vote. But lost in the lamentations of the tarnishing of the ...

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Could Ronald Reagan Be Elected in Today’s Republican Party?


Democrats like to point the supposed drift towards extremism in the GOP by claiming Reagan, the figurehead of the conservative resurgence, could not get elected in the party he so influenced. They, of course, mean this as a pejorative slam, but is there any truth in it? And, if so, is this a good thing? First, Ronald Reagan the rhetorician ...

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Why Joe Biden is the left’s Donald Trump

Biden Ryan

Derisive snorts, condescending snickers- these are the kind of reactions many conservatives have to the idea of a Joe Biden 2016 run, which is appropriate since it’s the same breezy haughtiness with which the vice president dismisses his opponents. But it is also the reaction many had to Donald Trump announcing his candidacy. And two months later Trump has a ...

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Digital Campaigning and the Rise of Populism in the 2016 Primary


Populism is amongst the most significant factors of the 2016 election cycle. Even Carly Fiorina credited competitor Donald Trump’s frontrunner status to his vehement anti-establishment rhetoric. Office seekers tout their populist credential; pundits often weigh the credentials of a candidate against it. But what does “populism” really mean, and how is it being utilized in voter outreach? The simple answer ...

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Broader GOP Tensions Resonate in Debate Infighting Over Surveillance

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The apex of Thursday night’s prime time GOP debate came as the discussion, never that robust, devolved into two contenders for the nation’s highest office shouting at each other, ironically over hugs. Paul and Christie sparred over the post-9/11 perennial tensions between national security and civil liberties. Paul, who has adopted the fresh-faced libertarian banner is best known for his ...

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An Overview of the Fox News “JV” Debate

Thursday night’s so-called JV debate offered little new insight into the candidates. Topics ranged from the American economy, foreign policy, the dominance of Donald Trump in the race and why each candidate’s vision was the best option. Logistically it’s worth noting, with 17 candidates running, a candidate needs to only be polling at 5.9% to achieve a plurality of the ...

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The Legacy of Legacy-Oriented Bureaucrats

Credit: cliff1066™ (CC)

Modern American political statesmen, much like their positional forebears- those decadent and oft inept kings of old- appear increasingly concerned with legacy. Hoary kings had to ceaselessly fight squabbling barons and civil unrest from the rabble they exploited. President Obama and John Kerry have to contend with a Senate that dares question their rightness and an American public, uneducated and ...

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Why political endorsements should be obsolete

Already, as in every election cycle, heavyweight politicians and insipid celebrities are drawn, like moths to a flame, to campaign trail and commercial appearances for endorsement spots. This culture, which promotes the puerility of groupthink, and depresses the meritocracy that should underlie popular elections, is one of soft despotism. It holds colloquy- the battlefield of ideas at the heart of ...

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Treasury Admits Regulation Hurts Business


For years adherents to the Austrian school of economics have been making the case that regulation bars access to economic opportunity, making it harder for the average producer to access and process from the boons of capitalist interactions. Now validation of that principle is coming from an unlikely place: the federal government. A report recently released by the Office of ...

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Moral Outrage Over a Lion, But Not For Dismembered Babies

Simba-lism-A.F. Branco political cartoon

There are many days when, after reading the news, it would be natural to look up and see Rod Serling, cigarette smoke swirling around him, standing in a corner giving a trite summation of how events like the Supreme Court assuming a legislative role should be soberly analyzed and learned from, in the twilight zone. Unfortunately, this is reality. And ...

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Verbal Sparring Over Iran Deal Highlights Larger Political Common Sense Deficit

Il Duce Obama

With the reputation of the Obama administration over its negotiated deal with Iran, the heated defense mounted by Kerry and other officials is hardly surprising, nor is the equally impassioned response by Republican candidates. Both sides display an utter deficit of common sense. Most notably, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee rather bombastically likened Obama’s actions to leading the Israelis to ...

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