Category Archives: Freedom

Formal protections for free speech do not amount to very much without a free-speech culture to back them up.

h/t Kevin D. Williamson in ‘Uninhibited,’ You Say? If we want a culture of open and robust discourse, then we do not want a culture in which Brendan Eich is driven from his job for having an unpopular view on gay … Continue reading

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The shocking apparition when the ceremonial trappings are stripped away

From my June files, good advice from Nick Gillespie over at Reason, who writes that Trump is More Like Recent Presidents Than Anyone Wants to Admit. The point here isn’t to “normalize Trump” on trade, foreign policy, or anything else. … Continue reading

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SCOTUS is undemocratic

Rich Lowry writes that yes, indeed, as a matter of fact… the Supreme Court is undemocratic. In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be a consensus: The Supreme … Continue reading

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Tapping the breaks on trans-national progressivism

Long excerpt from a great piece by Matthew Continetti, wondering why the center left has seemed to disappear: The only civil war happening at the moment is within the Democratic Party. The old-guard corporatists are under attack from activists with … Continue reading

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Thirty years from now, will America look more like Denmark? 

Heather Wilhelm argues that government is a poor substitute for family: Regardless, the debate rages on: Why is socialism so hot right now? Is the socialist movement the new Tea Party? Can socialism sell in the Midwest? Thirty years from now, … Continue reading

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America’s creativity and capacity for renewal

Walter Russel Mead writes that despite predictions of doom, America’s Decline Never Seems to Arrive because our “Our institutions show an unrivaled capacity for weathering disruptive change. And yet somehow, the flag has continued to fly. Why does American power … Continue reading

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A more perfect union

Joseph Tartakovsky, writing in the WSJ, argues our culture sustains our Constitution: The truth that justice will be forever approximated but never achieved is reflected in the paradoxical words of the Constitution’s preamble: the aim of forming a “more perfect” union. … Continue reading

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