Author: Alex Montgomery

Yale, UNC, and The Folly of “White Privilege”

Yale wasn’t the only university that sparked a controversy in recent weeks surrounding Halloween costumes.  On the eve of Halloween, The Daily Tarheel, UNC Chapel-Hill’s primary journalistic outlet, published an online opinion column which suggested not only that dressing up in another culture’s garb is racist, but also that it contributes to a culture of hatred and anti-black violence. In doing so, the author ignored all that real-world oppression that fails to fit her sloppy narrative, but it nonetheless certainly takes courage to fight the dastardly scourge that is Halloween costuming. More astonishing than the author’s presumptuous hysteria, however, was her blatant...

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Republicans Need to be Persuasive

During last week’s CNBC Republican debate, the candidates had to deal with a monster far more imposing than Donald Trump’s ego: the media, which sent forth its financial goons in the form of moderators to carry the day. The result, however, was far from what must have been intended by leftist design, as candidates pushed back against the biased questions in brilliant fashion. With all of its left-leaning hacks, incompetent journalists, and flippant personas, the biased scourge that is the media managed to unite the candidates in a way that no other issue could. The debate’s moderators, Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and...

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Pope Francis on Poverty

During his much anticipated trip to the United States, Pope Francis discussed several key issues of political and moral import, and each in a way that has managed to ruffle feathers all across the ideological spectrum. From climate change to religious liberty, income inequality to the protection of life, he has unabashedly inserted himself into American political discourse, having created a dialogue in which even protestant stalwarts like myself must participate. But in terms of Francis’ positions on economics, it is important first to remember what Fox News’ Father Jonathan Morris has been reminding us over the past week...

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Kim Davis Should Have Resigned

As a lover of liberty, I am generally sympathetic to principled anti-government sentiment: I enjoy reading stories of citizens who take it upon themselves to reign in unfettered bureaucracy, who, in many cases, are willing to fight for the rights of the individual in the face of overwhelming odds. I am also partial to the stirring, inexorable sense one often has to follow one’s conscience, despite what is enumerated in esoteric legal codes. But when it comes to the case of Kim Davis–a case that Davis’ lawyer clumsily likened to Martin Luther King Jr., whose fight was one that...

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Trump: Daft and Dangerous

While there is much that could be said about Donald Trump and his noisy and surprisingly durable campaign for the Republican nomination, one might start by praising him for his odd and clumsy political ingenuity.  Although it is painful to admit, Trump is ahead by doing what more sensible candidates have thus far failed to do–namely, to tap into what Charles C.W. Cooke has called “the collective insanity … [marking] the conservative movement over the last month or so,” the naivete of conservative populists who prefer Trump’s egomaniacal bluster to Cruz’s principles or to Rubio’s reforms. In other words?...

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