Tag Archives: Socialism

A New Birth of Freedom

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while (especially while taking a break from writing over the last few weeks), and as an important one, it seems an altogether fitting topic with which to close 2011. In brief, it’s time for us to reclaim one of the most important words in our political vocabulary. […]

Gingrich Obsoletes Beck

And so the torch passes from one schlock historian to the next. But the winner, at least in this case, might be the facts. In brief, Newt Gingrich went on that which remains of Beck’s show last night, to pitch his candidacy to Beck’s pre-primed, radicalized base. But Beck led off in typical fashion by […]

Holy Hell, Elizabeth Warren

How cool is she? And how much more effective at putting out our message than President Obama? I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But […]

Rick Perry Confuses “Socialism” with “Federalism”

In an interview with Time, Governor Perry offers the following: No, I still believe [officials in the Obama administration] are socialist. Their policies prove that almost daily. Look, when all the answers emanate from Washington D.C., one size fits all, whether it’s education policy or whether it’s healthcare policy, that is, on its face, socialism. […]

The Social Gospel and “Economic Liberty,” Such as It Is

A few Washington Post columnists started a thoroughly unproductive fight about whether the Bible “mandates,” or encourages, a “socialist” form of government. Both sides are wrong, in a few ways. First, both are using the word “socialist” to mean “redistributivist,” but the two are by no means equal. Let’s use the proper definition: though the tea […]

Politico: “So Much For Civility”

The story here isn’t the Republican reaction — abrupt, and tacky (Broun (R-GA): “Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution, you believe of socialism.”) — but Politico‘s coverage of it. The fallout of the middling backlash against incivility appears to be greater vigilance… even from hack publications like Politico.

The New York Times is Basically Socialist

From their Christmas Eve header: “Remember the neediest”?! What is this, Communist Russia? I hardly think Jesus would approve. Happy Christmas to all :).

Success Stories in “Socialism”

As the “supermajority” dies, so passes another hallmark of the past two years: the idea that the Obama administration, or its policies, resemble anything an educated person would call “socialism.” Words have meaning, and the word “socialism” carries a weighty and meaningful past. Cornered on this point, most debates about whether the Democrats have embraced […]

Who We Are

Mitt Romney is probably right, that this next election will be fought on treacherous ground indeed: the question of who we are, as a people. I posit two competing narratives: one, from the right, that our lives are best lived apart, in independence not just from a foreign sovereign, but from each other; and another, […]

The “Free Market”: Confusing the Means with the End

The question of whether (and how) we should trust industry is a uniquely American debate. It’s also one that history resolved for us, about a century back. The answer (are you surprised to know?) is, not overly. Given free reign, and a bit of economic power, our own countrymen see no fault in crushing striking […]