Tag Archives: Conservatism
Longtime readers will recall that using science fiction to analyze real-world problems is a favorite subject of mine. Consequentially, when someone attempts the same, and manages to thoroughly botch it, I feel compelled to reply. And Forbes writer what John Tamny does to The Hunger Games is basically a war crime. In his hands, the popular young adult book becomes a warning […]
Thanks, Rachel, for the link! It’s time to put conclusively to bed the myth that conservatives favor a steady-state, precedent-bound legal world, as opposed to them-there “activist” liberals. As proof, take this column from George Will, putatively a movement leader, arguing for the resurrection of a monumentally old and long-since repudiated decision: Lochner v. New […]
The National Review goes near apoplectic over a remake of B-movie quasipolitical thriller Red Dawn that excludes China, the remake’s originally included villain, substituting North Korea. [Red Dawn] was an overwrought action flick/melodrama, to be sure, but it was also a cultural marker: the age of détente was over, and the age of Reagan had arrived in full. […]
Elections have consequences, we say. But exactly what consequences? To listen to the right’s increasingly radical agenda, from repealing birthright citizenship to dictating spending cuts based exclusively on hot-button social issues, you’d think no Democrat had ever won elected office, or none ever would again. Can a “historic” midterm election wipe away a decidedly more […]
The GOP hasn’t done it. So far, we’ve seen attempts to defund: Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio, and, the National Endowment for the Arts. Here’s a serious question, to answer an unserious group of legislators: can the Republican Party address budget cuts, without framing it as a culture war issue, and without letting literally insignificant savings on […]
I’ll give this to OK Cupid. Given an immense amount of data on the basics of human relationships, they’ve done the one thing I would never expect someone in that position to do: good, interesting work, with their OK Trends workshop. Query how much the results can be generalized from the (necessarily self-selected) sample set […]
RedState sees The Gays, and libertarians, as entertaining sideshows who might contribute meaningfully, maybe, but are “irritating” and “grating” otherwise. The Big Tent’s now basically a bivy sack.
In one of the more bizzare stories of the year, we may have the beginnings of a conservative overreach: specifically, Obion County, Tennessee, provides firefighting services by paid subscription only ($75 per year). After the county steadfastly refused to help a “free rider” family when their house burned down, the county expanded its subscription-only services, […]
The highest aspiration isn’t elected office. It’s talk radio.