War

The Pentagon Needs a Choreographer

The Pentagon Needs a Choreographer

Jul 22 2008

To combat Islamic terrorists more effectively, the US government should spend some real energy on image management, perhaps hiring a big Hollywood guru. Consider Maliki’s

Foreign Policy

Can America’s Nukes Deter Iran’s?

Can America’s Nukes Deter Iran’s?

Jul 13 2008

Deterrence was profferred as a legitimate, noninterventionist solution to the problem of Iranian and other Third World nations’ nuclear weapons in the earlier discussion. Nuclear

Foreign Policy

Let’s Not Re-Fight the Last War in Iran

Let’s Not Re-Fight the Last War in Iran

Jul 10 2008

The Iraq Campaign has more or less discredited the idea of preemptive war to stop the acquisition of nuclear weapons by unfriendly nations.  But does

Alcohol

Gun Rights, the Militia, and Community

Gun Rights, the Militia, and Community

Jun 29 2008

During the Cold War, conservatives rightly pointed out that the collectivist materialism of the Soviet Union was anti-human in the worst ways.  It elevated the

War

Sticking It Out

Sticking It Out

Jun 22 2008

Conservatives historically have taken pride in their hard-headedness.  It is supposed to be a manly persuasion with a long view, rooted in concepts like deferred

Terrorism

Who Guards the Guardians?

Who Guards the Guardians?

Jun 15 2008

The Supreme Court has provided another nail in the coffin of executive war powers in its recent opinion on the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees. 

Politics

Liberalism Forbids An Awakening

Liberalism Forbids An Awakening

Jun 06 2008

Liberalism views much of history as a morality play.  The past was very bad.  We are making progress.  The future will be better.  But every

War

The Afghanistan Fallacy

The Afghanistan Fallacy

Jun 01 2008

America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan both involve fractious societies, weak governments installed by force from without, rampant criminality, persistent insurgencies, and the spectre of

Conservatism

What is Paleoconservatism?

What is Paleoconservatism?

May 24 2008

At the end of the Cold War, conservatives found themselves in a state of disunity and intellectual ferment. The neoconservative faction demanded a continuation of

Conservatism

An Imaginary Edmund Burke

An Imaginary Edmund Burke

May 22 2008

It seems everyone wanted to be on the side of progress in the Seventies, but today everyone's a Burkean.  Gay marriage advocates, Barack Obama supporters,

Education

The Great Education Bubble

The Great Education Bubble

May 11 2008

The recent meltdown of the mortgage bubble illustrates a basic insight of Austrian Economics:  cheap money leads to distortion and malinvestment, which can only be

Manhunt

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

May 06 2008

Conservatism is sometimes criticized as unprincipled, relativistic, or contradictory.  This criticism stems from the very nature of conservatism; it is a philosophy rooted primarily in

Uncategorized

The War on Drugs Has Its Advantages

The War on Drugs Has Its Advantages

Apr 29 2008

Though not conservatives, libertarians nonetheless rely on selective portrayals of the past to support their fantasies about drug legalization.  They are particularly fond of painting

Uncategorized

Fads, Tradition, and Real Knowledge

Fads, Tradition, and Real Knowledge

Apr 24 2008

One of the most distracting phenomena of modern times is a kind of “hyper skepticism.” For example, well known truths—that minorities commit more crime, that

Uncategorized

“€œNever Again”€ Nation

“€œNever Again”€ Nation

Apr 15 2008

Our view of what kind of nation we are is related to the question of “nationalism.” Are we a normal nation?  A “creedal” nation?  An