Because conservatives are such principled Burkeans, you often hear them complain about liberal policies in terms of “over reach” or “the arrogance of government imposed solutions.” See to hear conservatives talk, you’d think that, you know, if liberals could just be a little patient, conservatives would have the opportunity to unveil incremental and affordable free-market […]

A Government Takeover of Healthcare?

So, I often get myself in trouble for ascribing unflattering motivations to people with whom I disagree. But I come upon that honestly, so to speak. I assumed that most people writing about public policy or international affairs are reasonable intelligent and well-informed, and thus when they make demonstrably false arguments or patently idiotic ones, […]

Really Nino?

I know we’re supposed to pretend that Antonin Scalia is a great intellect who always engaged in principled argumentation. But wow, on this health care law, he’s really coming off a little more than a GOP operative, asking a long series of nonsensical questions and repeating GOP talking points as if he was auditioning for […]

Free Riding

I don’t actually know why any of this health care reform stuff is being made so complicated. The core issue is that we don’t actually turn people away from emergency rooms — despite the wishes of some on the right. As a result, everyone is, de facto already insured. Except that some people are not […]

American Delusions

One of the biggest problems with our domestic political discourse is that much of the American body politic is operating under a set of persistent and destructive delusions.

During the health care debate, of course, one of the major points of opposition to Obama’s health care reform was the argument that the United States has […]

Toward a National Renewal

Over at Fabius Maximus, there is an on-going discussion about “Reigniting the Spirit of America.” I find this an interesting discussion, and one I’d like to both highlight and contribute to. In this post, I’d like to make a few framing comments, and propose at least one concrete suggestion.

The Nature of the Problem


Is Obama’s Agenda Extreme?

I think it is pretty clear that the Democrats are in for a drubbing this November. The only question really is whether the results are devastating — simply losing a closely divided House and maintaining control of a closely divided Senate — or catastrophic — losing 80+ House seats and control of the Senate.

Most […]

Third Rail Politics, But an Important Point

My Senator in yesterday’s WSJ:

James Webb: Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege – The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of […]