Mercantilist revivalism

Used to be when you said "conservative" people had a clear idea of what you meant philosophically. Adam Smith, W. F. Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan, or Cruz might come to mind. Maybe it would invoke the tea party, free trade, Constitutional originalism, free markets, and opposition to deficit spending. Now, it's all a mess thanks to… Continue reading Mercantilist revivalism


I'm re-posting a piece (slightly shortened) from August 2012, because I want to present experimental results supporting its thesis. The evidence comes from psychology professor Jonathan Haidt, referenced in an article from Quillette which is linked and quoted following the re-post, and is worth reading in full. In 2015, Haidt started Heterodox Academy in order… Continue reading Intentionality

Liberal Ayn Rand?

At Slate, Beverly Gage asks "Why Is There No Liberal Ayn Rand?" Ask Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan how he became a conservative and he’ll probably answer by citing a book. It might be Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Or perhaps he’ll come up with Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, or even Barry Goldwater’s Conscience… Continue reading Liberal Ayn Rand?

Turning America into Detroit

The congresscritters in Atlas Shrugged said things similar in meaning, but not one of them was so dumb as Maxine "Moral Hazard" Waters. If they [banks] don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re going to tax them out of businessThe ways in which… Continue reading Turning America into Detroit

A Rafflesia by any other name

... would smell as putrid.Jonah Goldberg writes on the open secret that it's Liberals who ruined the "l" word, and their Orwellian attempt to rebrand statism. It's like calling failure "deferred success."One might also ask, if [Hillary] Clinton laments how liberalism has become identified with big government, why it is she wants to revive the… Continue reading A Rafflesia by any other name