Author: Zigmund Reichenbach

A Merry Middle Class Christmas

Christmas is the best celebration of everything superbly American. Christmas is also the nation’s biggest holiday because it recognizes history’s greatest class: the middle class. During Christmas, America’s most generous gift to the civilized world — a big middle class — treats itself to the joys it spends so much time fostering. Love. Family. Security. These are the best parts of life, the parts that the American middle class produces more of than any other nation in history. The work done is secondary to attaining these ends, but first in bringing them to be. Family gives us the happiness...

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Unleash the Market: Pay Semi-Pro College Athletes

College athletes should be paid like the semi-professionals athletes they are. Instead of subjecting themselves to unfair treatment by a system hoarding extreme sums — the median college endowment at the end of 2015 was $58.8 million — college athletes should push for the creation of semi-pro leagues as an alternative to the NCAA. In fact, it seems necessary to create new semi-pro leagues, especially for football and basketball stars who can’t go directly to the pros like baseball players.  The reality is that many athletes will not benefit from getting a college degree, like the 46 percent of graduates who work...

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The Caring Conservative

This next statement might shock, but ultimately it’s true.  Conservatives do a bad job of expressing care in the public political arena.  The problem begins with tone.  Too often do we as conservatives insist on asserting the rightness of the facts that support our conservative world view.  Ben Shapiro’s tagline “facts don’t care about your feelings” is the perfect example of this claim.  Shapiro’s statement implies that conservatives should ignore people’s emotional sensitivities.   Not only is this a rhetorically ineffective and unsatisfying reaction to the left’s general attitude, it makes it easy to portray conservatives as being ignorant of those who are rightfully distressed about their living conditions.  ( I’m not personally criticizing Mr. Shapiro.  Rather I’m arguing his most well-known quote doesn’t help conservatives shed the stigma of being emotionally cold. ) In response to this exclusively fact oriented way of communicating, conservatives would be better off by being proactive in politely stating why conservatism — and by extension capitalism — appeals to everyone including the poor.  As an ideology it works, it helps, and creates.  In big cities, like New York for example, conservative policy — that policy being repealing liberal zoning laws — would likely bring more jobs, better housing, and lower costs to many in need. And to further accentuate this idea that conservatives really do care, conservatives should start showing a greater interest in...

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