Political Thought

A water drop and ripples

Believing the status quo is a baseline from which to progress is common, but wrong.

By Justin Katz | April 18, 2024 |

This flaw of inexperience among the young (and progressives) has become far too pervasive in our society and is particularly notable in Rhode Island.  People seem to think that the current state of affairs has been established and will continue indefinitely, so we can shape it like clay to the future we want to see. …

A water drop and ripples

Does Stephen King understand how representative democracy works.

By Justin Katz | April 17, 2024 |

On the list of people for whom the exposure of social media has been a source of disappointing exposure, novelist Stephen King has got to be near the top. Like his books or not (and, honestly, given the content, I regret the influence that he had on my younger life), authors are generally placed in…

A water drop and ripples

Be great if we talked more about young’ns voting.

By Justin Katz | March 12, 2024 |

Letting 17-year-olds vote in primaries if they’ll be eligible to vote in the associated general elections is certainly reasonable, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t note a pair of conspicuous questions along the way. Firstly, why do Democrats seem always to want to expand voting toward the most manipulable constituencies? Secondly (and perhaps relatedly), why…

A water drop and ripples

Here’s a quick lesson younger Americans should learn.

By Justin Katz | February 15, 2024 |

A truism about government used to be heard periodically:  A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.  That saying’s a bit dark, though, and makes its point in an extreme way that younger Americans who’ve been raised with an implicit trust of big government…

A visual representative of bureaucracy blocks access to a highway

Johnston’s unreachable neighborhood illustrates the problem with insider-ocracy.

By Justin Katz | January 28, 2024 |

Johnston’s challenge gaining access to a neighborhood during emergencies exposes several problems of RI’s way of doing things.

A dense conformist neighborhood on the water

A word on housing.

By Justin Katz | January 24, 2024 |

Amidst all the other happenings in Rhode Islanders’ lives, it’s worth a moment to consider that we’ve reached the point that the General Assembly is delving into such levels of micromanagement as housing setbacks and in-law apartments in local zoning.  That’s a sign that we’re doing things wrong. In the mania of the day (or…

Toy General Lee car drives up a book open to be a ramp

The Confederate Flag and Irony

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2024 |

Reactionary responses to Nikki Haley’s comments about the Confederate flag show the irony of progressive ideology.

An unkempt and overrun baseball stadium

The system we inherited doesn’t persist of its own accord.

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2024 |

News that the Rhode Island Republican Party is struggling to hit the qualification requirements to place any presidential candidates on the primary ballot points to a deep problem in our state’s political landscape.  This is true even if we put to the side (for now) rumors that some large number of signatures were inexplicably invalidated.…

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Here’s the scary thought, Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | December 13, 2023 |

Nobody on your political bench can do much better than what you’re seeing now. Democracy has produced the government you actually wanted for so long that the bill is coming due.  I wrote about the “Four Horsemen of Rhode Island’s Apocalypse” 15 years ago, and the situation’s only gotten worse as people not in the…

A pig with Communist branding smiles in the mud

Refuse to wrestle in the progressive mud.

By Justin Katz | December 12, 2023 |

Progressives set rhetorical trap after trap in a cynical bid for division and mutual disrespect. Adding barbs and traps from non-progressives is not the solution; truth and an insistence on a broader sense of community is.