Hello President Trump: Let’s Not Repeat the Economic Tragedy of the 2010s in the 2020s
If President Trump wants to bring the economy quickly back to full employment, he will have to confront the Establishment wing of his Republican party. The clash – if it comes – will be over Establishment Republican hostility to government spending. More spending will be needed to bolster an economy staggering under the blows of . . .
Posted in: conservatismeconomicsfiscal policymacroeconomicsmonetary policynationalismobamapandemicspopulismtrump
American Virtù: Discourses by Michael Anton
Students of ‘intellectual Trumpism’ will be interested in parts of this recent interview with Michael Anton upon his leaving the National Security Council to take up a fellowship at Hillsdale College. Under the pen name Publius Decius Mus, Anton was the author of probably the single most consequential political article . . .
Votes for the Dead
In 500 words or less, explain why the following statement is either right or wrong, both right and wrong, or, perhaps, neither right nor wrong:
"I have never been able to understand where people got the idea that democracy was in some way opposed to tradition. It is obvious that tradition is only democracy extended through time...
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Posted in: conservatismdemocracytradition
Black Swans: Burke, Keynes, Taleb
Branco Milanovic has a very interesting post on why Nassim Nicholas Taleb is “one of the most important thinkers today.”
Milanovic is a professor of economics at CUNY, a leading student of income inequality, and not one, I suppose, to lightly hand out such praise. Taleb, you recall, is a former derivatives trader, . . .
Posted in: conservatismedmund burkeepistemologyinstitutionsj.m. keynespolitical philosophyprobabilityscientific method
Family and Country
"We begin our public affections in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen. We pass on to our neighbourhoods, and our habitual provincial connexions. These are inns and resting-places. Such divisions of our country as have been formed by habit, and not by a sudden jerk of authority, were so many little images of the great country . . .
Walter Russell Mead on the American Political Crisis
In early 2016 historian Walter Russell Mead wrote a prescient analysis of the American political crisis that was to burst fully into the open only some months later, with Donald Trump’s victory in the November presidential election. I vaguely recalled Mead’s brilliant description of the enormous elite interests lined up . . .
love of country
" The love of our own country seems not to be derived from the love of mankind. The former sentiment is altogether independent of the latter, and seems sometimes even to dispose us to act inconsistently with it. France may contain, perhaps, near three times the number of inhabitants which Great Britain contains. In the great society of . . .
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