Social media has erupted into another fake, political correctness controversy. And like most of these controversies, people should stand by the victims: Chip and Joanna Gaines. The latest episode is due to the “shocking” revelation that two conservative Texans are also conservative Christians. How could HGTV or its parent company Scripps Networks hire these people? Maybe that is an over-simplification. People get extremely upset when people they look up to do not share their views, especially when the views stand against their personal identity. There is a real debate in academic theology circles on whether “homosexuality” in the bible...Read More
Author: David Greenberg
“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”– Hannah Arendt (The New Yorker, 12 Sept. 1970) Political elections greatly muddy the political waters. Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian partisan ideologies replace the more narrowly defined and intellectually pure conservatism, progressivism, and libertarianism. The College Conservative roots exemplify the conservative ethic. While the Republican ideology generally is synonymous to conservatism, this general rule is not always true. People who spend long, laborious hours studying conservatism can develop a conservative worldview outside the bounds of the pop-culture “Republicanism.” This can be clearly seen at National Review, which...Read More
The Libertarian party, in term of Judicial philosophy, can be described as “Pro-Lochner and Pro-Griswold.” For people who are not U.S. Supreme Court nerds, these two court cases are either admired or hated based upon your view of the Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court in Lochner v. New York held the U.S. Constitution has a “right to contract.” As such, State governments lack the ability to regulate contracts between employees and employers. The extremely controversial opinion was disfavored by O.W. Holmes, who wrote, “Some of these laws embody convictions or prejudices which judges are likely to share. Some may...Read More
In 1976, Gerald Ford—the then sitting President—narrowly defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan. As is common after a narrow defeat, the GOP called upon Reagan to deliver a speech to unite the party under the standard bearer. Reagan’s speech focused on political philosophy and the importance of the party platform: that individual liberty and freedom are two important virtue that cannot be compromised in the war against the Soviet Union. Something Reagan did not do was actively endorse Ford. Instead, he opted to generally speak: We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said...Read More
We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism.—Donald J. Trump As my colleague noted, the populist right is on the march. Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, and Heinz-Christian Strache are exemplars of the international movement to replace free trade with protectionism, to replace immigration with nationalism, and to replace cooperation with a global standoff akin to the 19th-century. Donald Trump agrees with these forces. He is against globalization and free trade as he rejects that they are the primary causes for people being lifted out of poverty. But unlike in the...Read More
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