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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Disability: Enmeshed in the Safety Net

    The finest trick of the devil, Baudelaire once wrote, is to persuade you that he does not exist. Modern liberalism, being far less devilish, has pulled a lesser, but still effective, trick: It has convinced Americans that conservatives don’t care. In fact, the left has made “caring” its exclusive prerogative … 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

    Women’s Suffrage and America’s First Principles

    One hundred years ago this week, 5,000 women marched for women’s suffrage in Washington, D.C. The goal was to “give expression to the nation-wide demand for an amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women.” A few years after the parade, the 19th Amendment was ratified, which guaranteed that the right to … 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

    WATCH: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    Rob Bluey of The Heritage Foundation will host Conversations with Conservatives today at 11:30 AM in Rayburn 2203 (also streaming online). Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free market and liberty-minded members of Congress that meets monthly with traditional press and bloggers to discuss the most important issues of the … More

    On Washington's Birthday, A Lesson in Self-Government

    With the generic Presidents’ Day (the holiday is, legally, still officially Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents’ Day) behind us, it is time to celebrate the actual birthday of George Washington. But is there anything original left to say, 281 years after America’s first President was born? Beyond the familiar tales of … More