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One Good Politician

It can be discouraging watching people vie for political power. That they are motivated by a concern for our good is often hard to...

Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy

Japanese rail commuters ride train station escalators the way you might expect: those who are in no hurry stand to the right, leaving a...

Common Good Politics: A Review of Nader’s Book

In his new book, Ralph Nader argues that the Left and the Right should unite against the economic and political establishment in the Center.

The Closing of the Republican Mind (A Séance)

Lucky me, to be invited to try the beta version of Google’s newest and coolest app — Séance! After a quick download and install, I...

Monarchy and Regalism

A thing without proper limits becomes its own opposite, and benevolence quickly becomes a tyranny which threatens both civil and religious order.

The Politics of Ingratitude

Here is the great secret of my generation: What our parents gave us as a gift we have received as an entitlement. No one is not grateful for an entitlement. Indeed, everyone is resentful that it is not larger. Worse, we are resentful of everybody else's entitlements because they compete with our own. Politics because a matter of getting as large a share of the pie as you can, while giving as little as you can get away with.

Is America Ungovernable?

Otto von Bismark, the 19th century Iron Chancellor and architect of modern Germany, once remarked that “If you like law and sausages, you shouldn't...