Conservatism, Localism, and the Mittelpolitan Problem

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This morning, I completed a series of lectures and discussions with a local civic group here in Wichita. The topic for this morning was the upcoming elections, but in… [more]

Conservatism, Localism, and the <i>Mittelpolitan</i> Problem Conservatism, Localism, and the <i>Mittelpolitan</i> Problem

What Will $100 Million Buy You?

Holland, MI I'm no expert on campaign finance law, and I don't know the degree to which Citizens United has tilted the electoral landscape (Sean Trende has argued it hasn't been that consequential),… [more]

What Will $100 Million Buy You? What Will $100 Million Buy You?

Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres

The hook line today wasn’t going to have anything to do with Pope Francis. It was going to be “now I know what it feels like to be Jay Cutler.” But it looks as if I should take care of some other… [more]

Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres
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