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  • The Diversity of the Founding

    In the latest paper in the Makers of American Political Thought series, Colleen Sheehan looks at the long career of James Madison. In it, we see that “diversity” was a key component of the American Founding. Of course, Madisonian diversity had nothing to do with tallying up racial, ethnic, or … More

    Unsweetening Cronyism

    The law of supply and demand cannot be revoked. But it is being amended slightly, and we’re all paying the price. In this case, for sugar. Last year produced a bumper crop of sugar beets, which are refined (as their name would suggest) into sugar. Meanwhile, Americans have been using … More

    Making Death Cost Less

    Some people bury themselves in their work. At Saint Joseph Abbey in southern Louisiana, burying is the work. Monks at Saint Joseph make inexpensive caskets—and would like to sell their handiwork to people who don’t want to throw money away on an item that’s just going to end up six … More

    Obamacare: State Legislatures Speak Out

    A third birthday is often a cause for celebration. But that’s certainly not the case for Obamacare, which was signed into law on March 23 three years ago. The law has never enjoyed majority support and is likely to become even more unpopular as insurance premiums soar starting next year. … More

    Herbert Croly: Bad Prose, Even Worse Ideas

    Writers of the world, rejoice: It turns out we don’t have to write well to write powerfully. Consider Herbert Croly. Few Americans in 2013 are familiar with the name. But 100 years ago, Croly was among the country’s most influential intellectuals. He co-founded The New Republic and edited it for … More

    Uniting Around the Constitution

    Budget cutters, cultural conservatives, and national defense hawks ought to be able to rally around a common standard. But what is that standard? In order to properly unite our forces, author Peter Berkowitz recommends that we must first temper our tempers. In his new book Constitutional Conservatism, Berkowitz writes that … More

    William F. Buckley Jr.: Remembering a Conservative Founder

    For many, being “conservative” isn’t enough. No, people on the political right tend to subdivide into smaller groupings: neoconservative, fiscal conservative, social conservative, crunchy conservative (one who enjoys eating granola at lunch). Sometimes conservatives focus on individual issues and miss the big picture. Luckily, an intellectual leader showed us how … More

    Celebrating Coolidge: Champion of Budget Cuts, Tax Reductions

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said. Since then, the country has spent the Obama Presidency lurching from one crisis to the next. From the debt ceiling to the fiscal cliff to, today, the sequester, the federal … More

    Immigration Reform: Immigrants Earning Advanced Degrees

    “We love it [in the United States],” Anurag Bajpayee told The Washington Post. He’s a 27-year-old from India who’s doing post-doctoral mechanical engineering work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With his business partner and fellow student Prakash Narayan Govindan, he has developed a machine that could help purify … More

    Ronald Reagan at 102

    Barack Obama frequently reminds Americans that he took office during difficult economic times. But he’s certainly not the first president to have done so. What matters isn’t how the country was doing when you were elected; it’s where you lead the country once in office. Ronald Reagan, who would have … More