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Elite Responsibility and Societal Neglect

American elites (which I define as the upper-middle and upper classes) are a paradox: we preach bohemianism while living socially conservative lifestyles.  In our post-60s world, we refuse to share our social best practices—the very reason why we are elites, … Continue reading

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Romney Should Run On Social Inclusion

It’s hardly a secret that Democratic policies lead to social exclusion, especially progressive policies.  Social democracy, in particular, requires a pool of “permanently unemployed” citizens to keep wages high in the protected employment sector and maintain exorbitant job security. National … Continue reading

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President Wilson Was a Suppler-Sider?

In the excellent book Taxation: The People’s Business (read it here, page 137) by Andrew Mellon, written in the 1920s (and found by Thomas Sowell in a recent column), I found the following quote from Wilson: At the same time … Continue reading

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Why is the American Center-Left Evil?

Anyone who’s ever spent time around Europeans knows that the American center-left is unique and special: it is evil and nihilistic, in a way the European center-left is not.  Europeans are often horrified at the idea of welfare policies that … Continue reading

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Why Republicans Ran Deficits

There is a lot misunderstanding of why policymakers refused to cut government spending or tighten monetary policy during the early 2000s–despite Republican majorities in Congress and a Republican president.  Partly this was the Bushites’ idea that Republicans could copy Democrats … Continue reading

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How The Government Creates Inequality

I’ve been reflecting lately on the nature of inequality.  As conservatives, we believe that some level of inequality is good for society.  I submit that the current level of inequality is neither natural nor the fault of private sector actors.  … Continue reading

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The Dirty Secret of Inequality: The Middle Class

Discussions on income inequality always drive me insane.  Inequality is a serious issue, but the dirty little secret is that the wealthy aren’t the problem (and increased personal savings, not redistribution, is the answer).  The upper-middle-class (and, to some extend, … Continue reading

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