As I discussed in a previous article, many “conservatives” today are actually “small-r republicans” instead. In many regards, people on the right are more concerned with the future of the republic than they are with conservative principles as espoused by thinkers like Edmund Burke. However, one might wonder: what is the political philosophy of republicanism? Liberals have Marx. Conservatives–not “republicans”–have Burke and others. So, what thinkers of intellectual merit do republicans have in their corner? Small-“r” republicans have Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison–the famous team that authored the Federalist Papers. You might think: “The Federalists? If the federalists were actually...Read More
Author: Zigmund Reichenbach
Public education is the primary platform progressives are using to push their political agenda. And republicans are helping pay for it. That republicans have implicitly agreed to fund this ridiculous liability is contemptible and indicative of a broader political problem. Republicans have thought of no viable alternative to Dewey’s K-12 socialist regime. To address this issue conservatives must answer the following question : what kind of world should we expect schools to help create? One simple answer is this: one that works. One where citizens, with justifiable joy and casual confidence, vigorously strive to increase world wealth and personal...Read More
For republicans, the nearly instantaneous no platforming of Alex Jones represents an ominous sign of things to come: the left is gunning for free speech and not holding back. Republians can, however, politely correct for this issue of private speech (as Alex Jones wasn’t barred in any public forum). Republicans should retaliate in kind with their own self-imposed Twitter ban. Specifically, they should leave, or spend less time on, social media and help revive the dying print journalism market. Why Promote Print Journalism? Although such a move may initially appear patently unhip with the technological times, it does carry a strategic appeal over...Read More
By seeking to correct global trade imbalances through tariffs, Trump is receiving criticism from Republicans for his protectionist position. Yet the journalists criticizing Trump’s position are overlooking a crucial consideration. That consideration is the possibility that global trade imbalances are, on some level, national security risks. Contrary to the embittered opinion of dismissive journalists, such a concern appears perfectly reasonable. For instance, consider the following scenario. Imagine an idealistic and contended America outsourcing its labor force under the pretenses of free trade. Then, picture America forfeiting its own unique technologies to other nations by providing these nations with the funds...Read More
American conservatism is in the middle of identity crisis. That crisis is thus: conservatism’s traditional elements are failing, and the movement faces an uncertain future. It is time for conservatives to embrace a new approach to governance, and become “republicans” instead. The Present Collapse Historians typically connect conservatism to two philosophical backgrounds. On one hand, conservatism has long been identified with Edmund Burke and gradualism. On the other, historians have placed American conservatism with anti-communism and preserving individual liberty. However, these definitions of American conservatism are conceptually defective, and hinder the success of conservatives’ political ambitions. For example, if American conservatism is identified...Read More
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