Edmund Burke on Revolutionary Armies and Taxes

By |2018-12-13T11:06:25-05:00December 13th, 2018|

Though a classic in its own right, and arguably the first book on conservatism in the modern world, Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France of 1790 is inconsistent as a coherent work. And, yet, even in its unevenness, it reveals an act of genius. Burke himself points out that the greatest and truest things in [...]

Higher Education: A Modest Proposal for Reform

By |2017-05-14T22:05:52-05:00May 14th, 2017|

To recover our social traditions and the cultural knowledge undergirding them will be the job of generations. But we should work to reduce the harm visited on our society by universities increasingly dedicated to identity politics and to indoctrinating students into that politics… The problem with reforms is that they almost always are thinly-veiled [...]

Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”: A Living Document

By |2016-05-07T08:38:39-05:00March 19th, 2016|

Henry David Thoreau’s long essay, first published under the title “Resistance to Civil Government,” now usually known as “Civil Disobedience,” is frequently described as one of the founding documents of modern political activism. Thoreau’s appeal to the right and obligation of individual conscience to resist political authority certainly influenced many of the nonviolent activists [...]

Income Inequality, Liberty & the Founders

By |2018-12-06T23:30:30-05:00January 26th, 2016|

We have been hearing a great deal about income inequality in recent days, particularly from Senator Bernie Sanders. Part of this interest is fueled by many examples of excess at the top. J.P. Morgan Chase, after a year immersed in scandal, decided to award its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, $20 million in compensation for [...]

Time for a Real Flat Tax?

By |2015-05-14T10:29:30-05:00May 11th, 2015|

One does not hear much about the “flat tax” any longer. The idea lost its steam when people pointed out that, in order for it to significantly lower most people’s effective tax rate, it would have to include (that is, eliminate) some very well-entrenched tax breaks we all love. Most prominent among these is [...]

Is the Child Tax Credit Just Redistribution?

By |2014-10-15T11:34:58-05:00October 13th, 2014|

According to Kimberly Strassel (and this is the general line of the Wall Street Journal), conservatives are those who believe that government should do as little as possible to inhibit to the operation of the free market and as much as possible to maximize the free choice of individuals. Everyone will be better off as a result. Any [...]

What President Obama Has Learned From FDR

By |2014-10-02T15:06:57-05:00October 2nd, 2014|

The greatest editorialist of our age, Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal, is at it again. Mr. Rago profiled two investors in Philadelphia who are resisting government pressure to admit that they did something wrong when trading in the electricity marketplace. The investors’ case is that everything they did was transparently legal. The feds don’t care—if [...]

Abolish the Corporate Income Tax!

By |2014-05-10T16:41:27-05:00May 10th, 2014|

Sen. Carl Levin was aghast. Before his committee sat, unapologetic and uncontrite, Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company had paid no U.S. corporate income taxes on the $74 billion it had earned abroad in recent years. “Apple has sought the Holy Grail of tax avoidance,” said Levin. “Apple has exploited an absurdity.” […]

No Apologies Needed, Mitt

By |2014-01-23T19:42:33-05:00September 22nd, 2012|

Mitt Romney has conceded that his thoughts, expressed at that Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser, were “not elegantly” stated. Those mocking him might concede he has tabled one of the mega-issues of our time. Can America continue down the path President Obama is taking us on, to a time soon and certain when a majority [...]