Political Thought

The Political Spectrum Goes ‘Round and ‘Round

By Justin Katz | January 21, 2013 |

It started with an email exchange among the contributors to Anchor Rising. Somebody suggested that moderates are essentially liberals who “believe in economics.” That got my mind (when hungering for procrastination) to filling out the rest of a political spectrum, and it turned into the circle illustrated below. As you can see, there are eight…

Things We Read Today (46), Weekend

By Justin Katz | January 14, 2013 |

Perspective from on high; the empathetic view from my soap box; cover-up as economic development; what happens when that which can’t go on forever doesn’t. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Politics Everywhere

By Marc Comtois | December 30, 2012 |

We’ve talked about the problems inherent in “big government” around here for, well, ever. More government means more taxes (ie; “revenue”), more regulations and more of government trying to pick winners and losers. Rhode Island is a perfect example. Despite the myriad problems in our state, our politicians don’t like dealing with the root causes.…

The Soul That Needs Searching for the True Liberals

By Justin Katz | December 26, 2012 |

This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is an apt one for thinking on a grand scale — of the where-we’ve-been-and-where-we-must-go variety. Essays in that vein fill the tabs on my open browser window, and as is often the case, most of them come from the center-right’s great aggregator and one-line editorialist Glenn Reynolds.…

What’s At Stake in the Pension Lawsuit

By Carroll Andrew Morse | December 7, 2012 |

Here is what is at stake in the lawsuit to void Rhode Island’s 2011 pension reform law, Rhode Island Public Employee’s Coalition et al. vs Chafee et al., being litigated in Judge Sarah Taft-Carter’s courtroom today. The state’s public employee unions are asserting a right to veto legislation that impacts their direct economic interests, i.e.…

Things We Read Today (38), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | December 5, 2012 |

Evading the progressive ideology snatchers; under surveillance; the not-employed young; and growing up, one way or another. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

The Deterioration of New England Local Government (and of the United States)

By Justin Katz | December 4, 2012 |

Paul Rahe’s written an excellent essay explaining why libertarians ought to be social conservatives (via Instapundit), which is a point on which I’m writing for future publication. For the moment, though, this paragraph is more immediately relevant: In America, [Tocqueville] found institutions, mores, and manners antithetical to what he took to be democracy’s natural drift.…

Another View of the Whole Political Landscape

By Carroll Andrew Morse | December 2, 2012 |

While Ross Douthat‘s New York Times column from this week isn’t exactly an election postmortem, it certainly suggests that a politics focused solely on economic efficiency is incomplete…Beneath these policy debates, though, lie cultural forces that no legislator can really hope to change. The retreat from child rearing is, at some level, a symptom of…

Things We Read Today (34), Monday

By Justin Katz | November 26, 2012 |

Political theory (watching where you’re going); bonds added to the pool of bubbles; safe regions in a pool with dangerous; government as the most dangerous bubble. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Things We Read Today (32), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2012 |

Taft-Carter takes the Iannazzi mantle; RI back to pre-democracy; the ascendance of unaccountable bureaucracies; and America gone mad (with the Big Blue Bug) Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

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