Author: Zigmund Reichenbach

Republican In Name Only: A Response

David Giffin in his latest article poses an interesting question worthy of thoughtful consideration.  In it he asks “do we need to rethink what republican in name only (RINO) means?” Consider Giffin’s main point.  Traditionally a Republican–in the ideological sense–is thought of as a member of the Republican party and a political conservative. Contrariwise, a RINO is part of the Republican party but not politically conservative. However, as Giffin notes, Trump’s unexpected rise appears to be changing what it means to be a both a Republican and a conservative. This then leads to a pressing question. What, then, is a RINO?...

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What is a “Small-R” Republican’s Political Philosophy?

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...

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Progressivism and Public Education

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...

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What the Alex Jones Debacle Should Teach Republicans

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...

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Trump’s Trade War

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...

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