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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

    Look to Hoover to Defeat Progressivism

    With Obamacare, Dodd–Frank, and other progressive policies, it is clear that liberals have gone too far. Nearly 80 years ago, liberalism was undoubtedly more popular, with New Deal programs in full expansion. At the same time, while former President Herbert Hoover never fully won over the American people, he went … 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

    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

    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

    Morning Bell: Political Convention Drama Begins

    This week’s Republican National Convention is already experiencing its own drama thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, which has postponed most of the events until tomorrow. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature. Unlike today’s conventions, which are little … More

    Springsteen's Ode to Conservative Values?

    From “Born to Run” to “Born in the USA,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town” to “Human Touch,” Bruce Springsteen has brought his brand of rock from the streets of New Jersey to the farms of the heartland, speaking to the American experience as a poet with a six-string. For … More

    Morning Bell: State of Dysfunction

    Tonight, Americans who tune in to the State of the Union will watch the work of a rhetorical master with a flair for illusion. President Barack Obama will take to the floor of the Capitol in hopes of laying the groundwork for a political debate on his terms–one where he … More