Archive for the ‘On Conservatism’ Category

Mitt Romney: Lesser Of Two Evils?

Since the Republican Presidential primaries I have heard many conservatives threatening to withhold their vote from Mitt Romney in the November election, either because he is not conservative enough or simply because he is not Ron Paul.  Such sentiments are typically based upon principle alone, or...
August 23rd, 2012 | Libertarians, On Conservatism, Politics, Republicans | Read More

Free Speech, Amazon and Your Community

In the name of supporting freedom of expression and consumer choice, Amazon made a controversial book available for sale to Kindle users: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct.” According to an MSNBC news article, the book offers “advice to...
December 13th, 2010 | Culture, Family Issues, On Conservatism, Rights Reason & Religion, Worldviews | Read More

When Govenment is a Bureaucratic Babel

When a man claims he can build a tower so tall that it reaches God, raise your eyebrows and ask skeptical questions. Beyond warnings against architectural hubris, the story of the Tower of Babel also says much about modern understandings of government.
November 1st, 2010 | Heritage & History, On Conservatism, Politics, Rights Reason & Religion | Read More

Has Rush Jumped the Shark?

Has Rush Limbaugh ‘jumped the shark’? That depends on what you think his purpose is. Is he, as Michael Steele no doubt wishes he hadn’t said, just ‘an entertainer’? Or is he the de facto leader of the Republican party, as so many liberals would like him to be? Rush Limbaugh...
March 4th, 2009 | On Conservatism, Politics | Read More

A Call to Virtue

Author’s note: This is a slightly edited version of an article that was published a few years ago at California Republic . -Rachel Motte Today’s young conservative activists often lack a clear idea of what conservatism means. Drawn by the excitement generated by a popular candidate or policy,...
September 1st, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More

On Conservatism:
What is Limited Government? (Part II)

[Note: This post is part of the “On Conservatism” series.] Having cleared away some of the semantic underbrush, we can return to the original questions: What is the meaning of the phrase “limited government” and what political questions are we addressing when we appeal to that...
January 24th, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More

On Conservatism:
What is Limited Government? (Part I)

In his latest book, Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, David Frum relates a story from the 1950s about an ex-Communist who got into an argument with a young man newly infatuated with Marxism. The older man retorted: “Your answer are so old that I’ve forgotten the questions.” In...
January 24th, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More

On Conservatism:
Sullivanism

[Note: This post is part of the “On Conservatism” series.] Because the purpose of this series is to explore the “the contours of conservatism” the majority of the posts will focus on the ideas and perspective of the past. But it is also useful to be aware of the trends that conservative...
January 17th, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More

On Conservatism:
Waughian Conservatism

[Note: This post is part of the “On Conservatism” series.] Recently a friend wrote, “Conservatism is what it is and it’s not subject to interpretation. It’s not a “living” concept subject to the vagaries of public opinion. It’s small government, low taxes...
January 16th, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More

On Conservatism:
Family-First Conservatism

[Note: This post is part of the “On Conservatism” series.] In modern American there are almost as many brands of conservatism as there are conservatives. There are neo-cons and paleocons, theocons and crunchy cons. There are social conservative and fiscal conservatives. Conservatives who...
January 10th, 2008 | On Conservatism | Read More