Author: Zigmund Reichenbach

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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Winning the Right Way: Four Conservative Tips for Defeating Lying Leftism

Conservatives everywhere are celebrating a great and unprecedented presidential victory.  However there’s still plenty of work to do to re-establish our American culture.  Here are four problems with corresponding tips to cement a victory for the new conservative movement. Liberals have been trained to hate conservatives — and they’ve been instructed by professors and media to revolt against the moral tolerance built into capitalist society. Conservative Tip: Reacting to hatred with greater outrage isn’t a solution to this kind of problem.  Rather, the idea is to continuously apply reason and facts to left-wing intolerance.  Obviously, this takes time and...

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