Walter Russell Mead on the Future of the New England Tradition Everywhere

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 21, 2013 |

At his blog on the American Interest website, Walter Russell Mead describes a “New England” social tradition…The New England tradition, rooted in Puritan experience and theology, wants a strong state run by the great and the good to serve as the moral agent of the conscience of the community. It is the duty of the…

Good Intentions Gone Wrong, Part 2: The Welfare Cliff

By Marc Comtois | November 28, 2012 |

Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ~ “The single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045.” (h/t) Is it any wonder people have made the economic choice to be…

Things We Read Today, 8

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2012 |

Today: September 11, global change, evolution, economics, 17th amendment, gold standard, and a boughten electorate… all to a purpose.

Putting Theory to Test

By Marc Comtois | October 22, 2011 |

“Within every city there are people who freeload, who make people’s lives miserable. We just deal with it. We can’t kick them out.” In response to dissatisfaction with the…General Assembly, many…have adopted a new…model, which allows each working group to act independently without securing the will of the collective. “This streamlines it,” argued Zonkers. “The…

Columbia University Students Boo Wounded Iraq Veteran

By Marc Comtois | February 20, 2011 |

It was just so convenient, wasn’t it? Remember how we were told that ROTC didn’t belong on college campuses–those havens of “free speech” and “tolerance”–because the military policy “don’t ask, don’t tell” was anathema to the aforementioned lofty tenets? Well, at Columbia University, they’re showing what a convenient load of crap that all was. (h/t…

An Establishment Rebel in the State House

By Justin Katz | June 9, 2010 |

Ed Fitzpatrick catches a telling rhetorical cliché in a column about state representative and congressional candidate David Segal (D., Providence) (emphasis added): “I have a constituency in (his House district) that voted for me at a 70/30 rate over the years in primaries, and I think that I will be framed as a progressive as…

The Anti-Information President

By Carroll Andrew Morse | May 11, 2010 |

President Barack Obama, speaking this past weekend at the commencement ceremony at Hampton University…And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — (laughter) — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of…

The Fly Trap’s Lure

By Justin Katz | March 22, 2010 |

This thought, from a review of a posthumous book by Jean-Francois Revel by David Pryce-Jones (subscription required), strikes me as particularly timely, today: A couple of years after Furet’s book, six equally reputable scholars published The Black Book of Communism, detailing how the experiment of Communism had cost about a hundred million helpless people their…

Hurting a Dedicated Constituency

By Justin Katz | February 13, 2010 |

In an article about the ways in which Democrats’ preferred policies hurt black Americans, Kevin Williamson emphasizes union racism and especially the minimum wage: THE first answer many economists will give to that question is: the minimum wage. Milton Friedman, a Nobel laureate who spent much of his career showing how government programs reliably end…

Hurry to Pass Big Stuff Now and We’ll Fix it Later (Promise!)

By Marc Comtois | January 26, 2010 |

As I’ve pointed out, one of the arguments made by the Healthcarism advocates was that we must pass something, anything and “the warts can be removed later.” Apparently, that attitude exists amongst global climate changistas, too (h/t): Some researchers have argued that it is unfair to attack the IPCC too strongly, pointing out that some…