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    Direct Democracy: A Progressive Legacy

    Elections matter, but, because of Progressive reforms, less than they should. As we enter the second century of Progressivism, it’s easy to point to the problems it has caused at the national level. Obamacare is only the latest example, coming on the heels of the New Deal and the Great … More

    The Challenge for Today’s Conservatives

    It’s no coincidence that most conservatives would agree that taxes are too high and that Obamacare should be repealed. Or that most progressives would argue that we need “the rich” to “pay just a little bit more” and that the government should have a central role in delivering health insurance. … More

    Repealing Obamacare Would Be Easier Than Repealing Prohibition

    During the occasional periods when the President isn’t altering Obamacare—unconstitutionally through executive orders—progressives like to insist that the law is “settled” and “here to stay.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) also says it’s time to move on: “Get over it. It’s the law,” he advises. But that ignores one … More

    Will Obamacare Bring Down Progressivism?

    The implosion of Obamacare indicts not just the law itself, but the whole edifice of progressivism—a philosophy rooted in the belief that government, supposedly administered by “the best and the brightest,” can run things better than individuals. That idea is now, again, being proven incorrect. The hubris in the progressive … More

    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More

    Senator Mike Lee: Time to Rethink the War on Poverty

    Progressives sometimes accuse conservatives of not caring about the poor. But it’s liberal policies that deepen, prolong, and institutionalize poverty. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) made this important clarification at a Heritage Foundation forum on Capitol Hill today when he said, “1964 wasn’t the year Americans started fighting poverty; it was … More

    Isolating the Problem at the United Nations

    Look how far Progressivism has come: As he prepared to lead the United States into World War I (less than a year after being re-elected by campaigning that he’d kept us out of the war), President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that our intervention would make the world “safe for democracy.” Not … More

    Forging the Correct Foreign Policy

    As the United States considered intervention in Syria recently, a number of presidents and policy experts weighed in. Not simply on whether intervention would be sound policy but on whether the United States is exceptional. But the Founders had no doubt that we would be, because they founded the U.S. … More

    Does Your Religion Define How You Think About Economics?

    The authors of a new Brookings Institution survey believe the American Dream is dead—or at least in trouble. And who’s to blame? Religious conservatives. Progressives, on the other hand, want everyone to have equal opportunities in the name of social justice—but with a caveat: If you start out ahead in … More

    Congressional Recess: The Battle of Ideas

    All the political action this month will take place outside Washington, D.C. And that’s as it should be. In a healthy republic, lawmakers hear from their constituents and then attempt to do what’s best for them and for the country. This August recess will be an especially busy one for … More