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A recent graduate of the University of Maine, where she majored in journalism and political science, Katherine Revello is an aspiring political commentator. Her focuses include theory, the philosophy of money and populism. Currently, she is a graduate student at Villanova University. She is the founder of The Politics of Discretion, a blog dedicated to advancing her philosophy of discretionism. Follow her on Twitter: @MrsWynandPapers

Venial politics at the latest GOP debate

Last night’s main stage GOP debate did not need to go beyond the first five minutes. The opening statements of each candidate served as an abstract for the talking points that would be elaborated over the next few hours’ discourse. Each candidate was a variation on a theme, both at an individual epistemological level and at a GOP level. Essentially, ...

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Radical Tolerance and the New Political Lexicon

Compromise in a free society should not come at the price of conscience. Too often nebulous ideas such as “civility” or “society” result in censorship, either people living in fear of upsetting people in proximity with their opinion and keeping quiet or, if they dare speak, being beat to death by the avenging angel of social justice, salivating from the ...

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The holiday shopping season should be celebrated, not demonized

The holiday season is the time of year when capitalism and big business are critiqued even more roundly and harshly. Not only are retailers slammed as being “anti-family” for opening on Thanksgiving, Black Friday is followed by Small Business Saturday, which touts itself as being a way to “support your neighbors.” This is a particularly pernicious view of capitalism as ...

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The Death of Tolerance and Rise of Fascism in America

It is ironic that the price of diversity is actually that which it purports to embrace. Diversity of opinion is dead. It’s epitaph, written in garish rainbow letters on an uncarved hunk of stone for fear that a particular visage or symbol might offend some group- Tolerance. America has a problem with fascism. Don’t agree that a group of whining, ...

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Substantive FOX Business Debate Largely Fair, “Soft” to Liberal Media

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Both of Tuesday night’s GOP debates finally fulfilled a criteria promised by all networks which have hosted one- they actually discussed the issues. Most candidates actually delved into the specifics of their tax plan, citing specific rates they would assess and loopholes they would close. The controversial artificial control of interest rates by the Federal Reserve was also discussed. Yes, ...

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Taking Back the Political Lexicon

There is a vein of philosophy which holds that the existence of absolute truth is negated by the subjectivity of language. Somehow the differing physiognomy of an object like a table individual minds envisioned when the word is mentioned alters and negates the concrete nature of material entities. This is obviously intellectual sophistry of the most puerile kind- clearly, perception ...

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A Look at the Free Market Credentials of the GOP Candidates’ Tax Plans

Wednesday night’s CNBC GOP debate was touted as economic-centric. It ended up being more about the moderators baiting the candidates with ridiculous and biased questions, such as John Harwood’s query to Mick Huckabee as to whether Donald Trump has the “moral authority” to lead the nation. But there needs to be some serious discussion of economics injected into the primaries beyond ...

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Marco Rubio’s Defense of Senate Absence Indicative of Broader Political Cultural Failings

Marco Rubio’s winsome defense of his abysmal voting record- the worst in the Senate this year- is exactly the problem with American politics. Rubio, who recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the Senate, has, of course, talked himself in circles explaining why his lackluster performance is not his fault- he’s running for president, the strict procedural ...

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A Tale of Two Rhetorical Strategies at the Benghazi Committee Hearing

Once upon a time, in a place now known as “the birthplace of democracy,” debate between men whose primary interest was in using discourse to expand their knowledge not demonstrate their superior intellect revolved around rhetoric. There was an inherent understanding that the way an argument was constructed was equally important to the merits of an argument. Though this recognition ...

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The Anthropomorphization of America

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Much like justice, American politics are meant to be blind. Just as the judiciary is built on a system that is blind all but the facts of a case and considers a defendant to have numerous rights, including the presumption of innocence, so the Constitution is dead to everything but the equal rights of the people. Both the legal code ...

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Democratic Debate Rehashes Tired, Unoriginal Economic Ideology

The dysfunction of capitalism was a prominent topic at CNN’s first Democratic primary debate. Since Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the top two declared candidates, respectively self-describe as a Progressive and a democratic socialist, this is hardly surprising. It is certainly less surprising than the prominence of the Glass-Steagall Act, a New Deal policy that separated commercial and investment banking, ...

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The Federal Reserve Doesn’t Understand Money

Yesterday Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, published an asinine editorial in the Wall Street Journal describing how the central bank- and the central bank only- saved the economy through artificially suppressing interest rates. As if this blatantly irrational line of reasoning wasn’t comical enough, Bernanke further went on to browbeat Fed critics as not doing “their bit” ...

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Secret Service Targeting: Inevitable End of Power Taking on Life of its Own

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Totalitarian regimes are living states. They think and feel and adopt emotional rationales in picking and choosing minorities within the population to aid through legislation. In short, the government adopts all the characteristics of a single human being, including a survival instinct. But because they have a monopoly on power, there is no check to their self-interest, meaning there are ...

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Vladimir Putin: Liberal Democrat?

In the roughly 7 years of George W. Bush’s post-9/11 presidency, the most frequent and passionate criticism was directed towards the action taken in the Middle East. Basing their impassioned repudiation’s of Bush’s so-called “nation building” on the sovereignty of countries and cultures, liberals campaigned during subsequent elections on noninterventionism, not only ending military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan but ...

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