Everything You've Heard About the Debt Limit is Wrong - James D. Agresti (5/9/2023)
Contrary to widespread claims that the U.S. government will default on its debt if Congress doesn't raise the debt limit, federal law and the Constitution require the Treasury to pay the debt, and it has ample tax revenues to do this.
What Killed Tyre Nichols - Heather Mac Donald (3/2/2023)
Is U.S. policing in a death spiral? Yes, as long as ugly incidents continue to labeled "racism." The problems underlying that horrifying episode—the recruitment crisis, lax hiring standards, and depolicing—will worsen.
"Out of Small Beginnings" - Rebecca Mansour (11/25/2022)
If you want to undo a nation, you start by falsifying its history. Thus, every Thanksgiving it seems like fewer Americans know the true history of this national holiday commemorating our nation's founding myth.
Toward a Conservative Popularism - Jesse Arm (11/13/2022)
In its Democratic incarnation, popularism essentially amounts to the commonsense view that left-wing politicians should avoid the more overwhelmingly reviled elements of their own agenda. That's a thin reed on which to build a political philosophy.
An Originalist Victory - J. Joel Alicea (6/24/2022)
The Supreme Court's Dobbs ruling is a tremendous success for the constitutional theory around which conservatives rallied for nearly half a century.
The 5 Stages of Totalitarianism - Walker Larson (6/22/2022)
Fears of a growing totalitarian tendency in the United States have swelled during 2020–2022. But how close are we really to a totalitarian state? How have such regimes come about historically and what are the warning signs?
The Wisconsin Purchase - William Doyle (12/25/2021)
A bill to prevent private funding of Wisconsin's elections in the future recently passed both houses of the Wisconsin legislature but was vetoed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. We doubt he will reconsider his veto after reviewing this report.
The January 6 Insurrection Hoax - Roger Kimball (10/10/2021)
Notwithstanding all the hysterical rhetoric surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, two critical things stand out. The first is that what happened was much more hoax than insurrection. By any dictionary definition, it wasn't an insurrection at all.
Why America Loses Wars - George Friedman (8/13/2021)
Losing wars after years of struggle – or staying in wars you are losing for moral reasons or to hide the reality – makes no sense. The U.S. has to control where and how it goes to war.
The Plutocrats of Wall Street and Silicon Valley Are Scamming America - Ryan McMaken (4/15/2021)
Modern plutocrats "buy their way through elections and legislatures, in the confidence of being able to get powers which will recoup them for all the outlay and yield an ample surplus besides." At the expense of the ordinary American.
Economic Civil War - Joe Kotkin (2/24/2021)
Our national divide is usually cast in terms of ideology, race, climate, and gender. But it might be more accurate to see our national conflict as regional and riven by economic function.
Conservative Defense of the Second Amendment Falls Short - Bob Barr (2/2/2021)
The Second Amendment thus stood, and always has, for the proposition that the right to keep and bear arms is the clearest and most practical method of defending one's self and property against those who would take them away.
The Pandemic That Changed Nothing - Leila Mechoui & Alexander Davidson (1/28/2021)
Amidst the frantic calls by government and media for businesses and people to shut down and self-quarantine, few have taken the time to consider whether the lockdowns have helped or hurt the working class.
Why Socialism Is the Failed Idea That Never Dies - Dr. Ranier Zeitelman (1/14/2021)
Despite the numerous examples of capitalist economic policies leading to greater prosperity—and the failure of every single variant of socialism that has ever been tested—many people still seem incapable of learning the most obvious lessons.
The Great Covid Class War - Alex Gutentag (12/17/2020)
Indefinite closures have never before been used as a disease control method on a global scale. This is not an unforced error or a good policy idea implemented poorly. It is an economic agenda disguised as a health protocol.
Why the Media Stink at Science - James B. Meigs (11/3/2020)
When journalists present individual anecdotes as evidence for broad scientific claims, they are violating a core axiom of statistics—the principle that correlation does not imply causation.
On the Constitution of a Compound Republic - William A. Niskanen (10/10/2020)
The Constitution of the United States established the basic structure of a compound republic, a federal structure in which there are two or more levels of government each of which has the primary authority for a specific set of collective decisions.
The Death of the Republican Party - Buck Sexton (9/22/2020)
What would happen if Joe Biden and the Democrats win full control of the government? That is, a Democrat in the White House with a consolidated Democrat majority in both houses of Congress. Herewith is a not-so-hypotheical.
The Deeply Pessimistic Intellectual Roots of Black Lives Matter, the '1619 Project' and Much Else in Woke America - John Murawski, RealClearInvestigations (9/7/2020)
If much of the dire rhetoric behind America's moment of racial reckoning seems from an oppressive world of a half-century ago, that's because it comes from "critical race theory," a decades-old philosophy deeply skeptical about the possibility of
Yes, This Is a Revolution - Abe Greenwald (8/14/2020)
There are no uniformed armies, competing flags, or alternate constitutions. The great showdown is not being fought within the physical limits of a battlefield. It is instead happening all around us and directly to us.
"Hate Speech" and the New Tyranny over the Mind - Arthur Milikh (6/24/2020)
In America, a powerful movement intent on outlawing "hate speech" continues to expand in institutional power and moral vigor with each passing year. Most Americans do not fully grasp what banning "hate speech" entails, or the stakes involved.
America, the Republican Nation: A Response to Critics of the Nation-State - Bernard Dobski, Ph.D. (6/7/2020)
Critics of the national form thus fail to appreciate the conditions necessary to preserve the rights they claim to cherish. To be sure, America has been indispensable to the cause of human liberty at home and abroad over the past two centuries.
Proxy Wars over Religious Liberty - Ryan T. Anderson (5/9/2020)
The unwillingness to engage the substantive moral debates that divide us in the culture war leaves us fighting proxy wars over religious liberty. To succeed in embracing religious liberty is not to succeed in transforming society. More is required.
Call It a Ponzi Scheme - Heather Mac Donald (5/5/2020)
Many college presidents are terrified that the coronavirus pandemic will devastate their schools' finances and enrollment. Anyone who cares about a revival of serious learning can only hope that they are right.
Seize the Endowments! - Will Chamberlain (3/30/2020)
If universities feel no obligation to care about the economic health of the broader community, it's time for the broader community—and for conservatives in particular—to stop caring about the fiscal condition of the universities.
Apocalypse No - George Parry (3/24/2020)
One of the most difficult problems in assessing the current coronavirus 2019 (hereinafter COVID-19) pandemic is sorting through the conflicting expert opinions and the evolving statistical data that have — with an enormous assist by the mainstream m
It's 1776, Not 1619: Don't Let the Times Steal America's Birthday - Wilfred Reilly (3/17/2020)
The 1619 Project curriculum includes a U.S. historical timeline that begins with the year 1619, when the first enslaved Africans arrived in the British colonies, and focuses primarily on "facts and dates related to slavery."
The Cost of America's Cultural Revolution - Heather Mac Donald (12/23/2019)
Social-justice education is merely a symptom of an even deeper perversion of academic values: the cult of race and gender victimology, otherwise known as "diversity." The diversity cult is destroying the very foundations of our civilization.
Far More Than a Culture War Rages in America - Scott Powell (6/7/2019)
The Founders came from different denominations, but they agreed on fundamental Christian beliefs. And when those fundamentals were applied to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the trajectory of human history was radically changed.
Is the Individual Obsolete? - George Will (6/1/2019)
Dilution is a prerequisite for advancement of a collectivist political agenda. The more that individualism can be portrayed as a chimera, the more that any individual's achievements can be considered as merely derived from society.
To Stop Socialized Medicine, Expand Individual Choice - Avik Roy (5/28/2019)
Republicans and conservatives have repeatedly complained that Obamacare amounts to the "government takeover of the U.S. health-care system." The only problem is it isn't true.
What Americans Must Know About Socialism - Lee Edwards, Ph.D. (3/27/2019)
Is a specter of socialism haunting America, especially among our millennials? There is disquieting evidence of many young Americans' sympathy for socialism.
What Americans Must Know About Socialism - Lee Edwards (12/1/2018)
We've come a long way since George H. W. Bush buried his Democratic challenger Michael Dukakis by labeling him a "liberal." Socialism is no longer a parlor game for academics but a political alternative taken seriously by millennials.
Natural Rights, Self-Defense, and the Right to Own Firearms - Timothy Hsiao (11/3/2018)
The natural law case for a moral right to own a gun is simple: we all possess a basic right to life, which entails the right to self-defense, which in turn entails the right to a reasonable means of self-defense.
A Comprehensive Federal Budget Plan to Avert a Debt Crisis - Brian Riedl (10/23/2018)
Without reform, runaway deficits will all but guarantee a debt crisis that will profoundly damage the country's economic and social order. There is still time to avoid that crisis.
A Short History of American Medical Insurance - John Steele Gordon (10/9/2018)
Whenever one segment of an economy exhibits, year after year, inflation above the general rate, and when there is no constraint on supply, then either a cartel is in operation or there is a lack of price transparency — or both, as is the case with A
How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences - Heather Mac Donald (6/13/2018)
dentity politics has engulfed the humanities and social sciences on American campuses; now it is taking over the hard sciences. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—are under attack for being insufficiently "diverse."
Cultural Workers, Unite! Today's Marxist Revolution - Paul Kengor (5/8/2018)
The new recruiting ground is the classroom floor, the campus, the university, the schools. That's where the cultural workers who can usher in the fundamental transformation are being found.
The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement - Heather Mac Donald (5/2/2018)
The #MeToo movement is going to make the previous three decades look like a golden age of meritocracy. No mainstream institution will hire, promote, or compensate without an exquisite calculation of gender and race ratios.
Robert E. Lee, Man of Honor - Louis DeBroux (1/19/2018)
General Lee is remembered as General-in-Chief of the Confederate army during the Civil War. Living as we do in a day when history is oft forgotten — or deliberately rewritten — it is worthwhile to consider the legacy of such an iconic American
Heart of Atlanta Motel: Public Accommodation Law at 50 - Andrew Kloster (12/6/2017)
Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark piece of legislation outlawed certain forms of discrimination across the nation, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Why There Are Only Two Sexes - John Skalko (6/4/2017)
Are there only two sexes? A generation ago, this might have seemed like a silly question. But given the rise of gender theory, transgenderism, intersexuality, and all of their related phenomena, the question now appears to be both complex and pressing.
A Window Into a Depraved Culture - Heather Mac Donald (1/9/2017)
The establishment typically looks the other way at manifestations of black anti-white animus. Racism in rap music is usually ignored. The AP excluded any reference to the race of the victim and perps in its initial report on the Chicago torture episode.
Tea Party Elegy - Rachel Lu (11/12/2016)
The Tea Party accomplished something that we rarely see in politics: it generated widespread enthusiasm for austerity. This achievement should not be underappreciated. Politicians seldom have to pay for their wastefulness and rash promises.
Who We Are as a People — The Syrian Refugee Question - Edward J. Erler (10/31/2016)
Nothing has provoked the ire of America's bipartisan political class as much as Donald Trump's recent proposal that the U.S. should suspend the acceptance of refugees from Syria and other terrorist-supporting nations.
The Right to Arms and the American Philosophy of Freedom - Nelson Lund, Ph.D. (10/23/2016)
The U.S. Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, is a device designed to frustrate the domineering tendencies of the politically ambitious, and the right to keep and bear arms is a vital element of the liberal order that our Founders handed down to us.
2016 and the Future of the Supreme Court - Nathaniel Bruno (10/22/2016)
What would happen if a justice with the judicial philosophy and record of Justice Ginsburg were to replace Justice Scalia on the Court?
The Hidden Influence of John Rawls on the American Mind - Jerome C. Foss, PhD (10/9/2016)
Most Americans probably have not heard of public reason, but they would certainly recognize its effect on political life. They understand the risks one runs by appearing to hold a belief outside of the popular consensus as to what is right.
The Modern Feminist Rejection of Constitutional Government - Christina Villegas (8/30/2016)
Many people assume that it is modern feminism, not the Constitution, that has secured freedom and political equality for women. In reality, the Constitution has always been compatible with women's equal political rights.
Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme - Dr. Paul McHugh, M.D. (7/2/2016)
The idea that one's sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.