Politics & Power

The Letter to Iran and Bipartisan Hype

Tom-Cotton March 24, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa.   Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government warning that any agreement with President Obama that is not approved by the Senate is likely to be transitory and counterproductive…
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Group Decisionmaking and Individual Responsibility

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Part of the pushback against the notion that groups can make decisions comes from the fear that we already use groups to absolve ourselves of individual responsibility. James Buchanan made this the central plank in his argument for the inevitability…
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Huckabee’s Shifting Shades of Green

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As he began making the early “exploratory” rounds, a smiling Mike Huckabee recently reminded Martha Raddatz on ABC’s political Sunday show This Week that in 2008 he had run a “very green” presidential campaign that got “more miles per gallon”…
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Beyond Josh Lyman Politics: How the West Wing Miseducated My Political Generation

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A few years ago, Josh Lyman spoke at Harvard to a packed room of starstruck student politicos. It wasn’t the real Josh Lyman, of course, because he isn’t real: he was the fictional Deputy Chief of Staff played by Bradley…
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Blasphemers, Terrorists, and Liberals in Your Neighborhood

January 8, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Would I read Charlie Hebdo? (Assuming I could read French, that is.) Would I want anyone in my family to read it? Would I want it to be available at my daughters’ elementary school…
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Closed-Minded By Default

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In attempting to keep certain questions open, I’m closed-minded by default.
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Phenomenal Ben Carson and the Consequential Richard Weaver

December 26, 2014
“Ben Carson: Political Phenomenon.”  That gushing headline, at CNN.com of all virtual places, was followed by a puff piece of epic proportions.  Of course, with a Horatio Alger worthy biography (Carson’s got the award to prove it), it is easy…
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Christmas Greetings from Mordor

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As I’m sitting in an office on K Street, emptied for Christmas, wondering how to introduce myself to you all, it occurs to me that I owe you an explanation. It sounds like a bad joke, that an editor at a DC…
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Local Dynasties Only, Please

December 18, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday that he’s “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States”–a move which, it should be noted, has been predicted by many for…
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Compromising with Leviathan

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The NBA is chloroform in motion.
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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on Immigration

December 1, 2014
Our panel discusses immigration policy from a localist perspective.
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Thanksgiving Reflections I

November 27, 2014
[Editor's note] President Washington, in his original Thanksgiving Day proclamation, insisted it the “duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,” and to be “grateful for His benefits.” Washington also gave thanks for our liberty and our temporal…
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The Market Made Me Do It (Part II)

November 20, 2014
Malibu, CA Where does Catholic Social Thought come down on this question? Not surprisingly, Catholic thought often emphasizes solutions taken at the level of the economic and political system: government-provided safety nets, support for unions, regulation of the labor market.…
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Marginalizing Care: What Happens when Healthcare and Education become Industries

November 7, 2014
Spring Arbor, MI In our age of austerity and cost-cutting, the two industries currently under the microscope are healthcare and education. The gains in productivity that have transformed other parts of our economy—agriculture, manufacturing, construction—seem to have bypassed these two.…
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What, Then, Are We Fighting For?

November 6, 2014
Owen Sound, ONT While in Italy last month, I learned that my nation was under attack. On waking, I found myself being told by Wolf Blitzer, redfaced and breathlessly (his only apparent means of communication) that my county would never be…
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The Polls of Nowhere

November 4, 2014
Nowhere, America Today, the subjects of the Assimilated Provinces of Megalomerica will go to the polls to vote. It’s mostly a formality, since the polls have already come to them, and everyone pretty much knows what will happen. When you…
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