Category Archives: Politics

Progressive Hatred: Salon’s White Hot Headlines

“Conservatives think that liberals are good people with bad ideas, whereas liberals think conservatives are bad people.” Todd Zywicki recalled that aphorism after reading a Johnathon Haidt book. “They Really Do Hate Us” was the Wheat & Weeds post that alerted to me to the research months ago, and I have been thinking of it [...]

A Few More Questions for Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren’s speech to the Netroots Nation convention is much on my mind right now.  I thought of some other points after putting up an earlier post on it.  Like the famous and beloved Lieutenant Columbo, I’d like to ask “just a few more questions, ma’am.” Senator Warren, in your speech you insisted rather warmly [...]

Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

National Journal‘s blog has a post outlining what it claims are Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism, as she stated them at the recent Netroots Nation meeting.  They are not really commandments, but more affirmations of belief.  But this error is not Warren’s but rather that of the National Journal blogger who sacrificed precision to [...]

Catholicism and Libertarianism, Part 2

In a recent post I discussed what I think are some problems in Kevin Williamson’s critique of Catholic thinking about economics and politics.  Here I would like to continue the critique. Here’s Williamson: From the old royalist Right to the redistributionist Left, there is an implicit and sometimes explicit belief that the state is a [...]

A Founding Father’s Advice to the IRS

While doing some work on the thought of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, I came across a remark that contemporary IRS officials might do well to ponder.  Indeed, it is fitting for all government officials to ponder.  Of course, there was no IRS in Hamilton’s day, but there were revenue collectors.  Here [...]

Bishop Conley: Thomas More Teaches Us How to Fight For Religious Freedom

With religious freedom under increasing threat by the federal government, Catholics in America today “face serious crises of conscience,” said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln in a recent column for his diocesan newspaper. “Our federal government increasingly serves a secular agenda, and is increasingly intolerant of human life, the human family, and human dignity.  The [...]

Teacher Tenure and Judicial Activism

This week a California court ruled that teacher tenure violated the state constitution by harming the educational opportunities of disadvantaged children.  Already, some conservative activists and commentators (and some non-conservative ones, too) are praising this as a great step, and encouraging similar lawsuits in other states.  This is, I think, a mistake. First, one should [...]

Can the President Pardon Illegal Immigrants?

At Powerline, Steven Hayward floats the provocative suggestion that President Obama might issue a blanket pardon for illegal immigrants as a way of goading the Republicans into impeaching him–a fight that, on Hayward’s account, the president might relish.  Hayward suggests that such an act would be within the president’s constitutional authority, but also an abuse [...]


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