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Conservatism Must Be Chastened by Humility Share This

Josh Hammer | Oct 14, 2020 | GOP

Re: The Three Deadly Sins of the Right

If a realigned Republican Party is to emerge as a viable national political force, the ever–incisive Henry Olsen will be one of its leading architects. His American Compass essay, “The Three Deadly Sins of the Right,” once again shows us why. I would merely like to expand upon Olsen’s groundwork. The combined effect of Olsen’s second and […]

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Elitism, Right and Wrong Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Oct 13, 2020 | Politics

Re: The Three Deadly Sins of the Right

As part of American Compass’s “Party Foul” series, which seeks to set forth mistakes and self-service by the political establishments of both parties, Henry Olsen has played penitent and confessor for the Right. Republicans have committed, according to him, “three deadly sins,” in the form of market fundamentalism, snobbery, and hubris. I will happily agree […]

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No, the New Deal Wasn’t Racist Share This

Samuel Hammond | Oct 12, 2020

Re: The New Deal Wasn’t Intrinsically Racist

Save for the Civil Rights Act, no single federal policy or program has done more to advance racial equity than Social Security.

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How the Policy Consensus Changes in America Share This

Michael Lind | Oct 12, 2020 | National Developmentism

There are two theories of how major policy changes happen in the United States of America.  One theory is popular, widely believed and mistaken.  The other is correct. The mistaken theory is the one held by most Americans who are involved in politics, policy and political commentary.  Call this the partisan purge theory of major […]

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Republicans, Democrats, and Definitions Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Oct 12, 2020 | Political Philosophy

Anyone who cannot stand the phrase, “Actually, America is a republic,” had best stop reading now. This post is not for you. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, delighted with hearing things again and again, you had better move along and let me preach to the choir. I’m not actually going to […]

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How Should We Handle Monopolies? Share This

Marshall Auerback | Oct 09, 2020

A House of Representatives sub-committee report on large technology platforms has determined that Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are abusive monopolies.  Matt Stoller has summarized the report’s recommended course of action: “ (1) a legislative break-up and restructuring of big tech platforms to restore competition online (2) a strengthening of laws against monopolies and mergers, […]

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Let Workers Enjoy the Fruits of their Productivity Gains Share This

Marshall Auerback | Oct 05, 2020 | Labor Market

Amber and David Lapp have written movingly about the current plight of America’s workers (here and here). The commodification of labor that they describe is not new by any means. Over the last 40 years, inequality has mounted, and workers in turn have seen their quality of life eroded, as their income share of GDP […]

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Shooting Down the Flying Geese Theory of Trade Share This

Michael Lind | Oct 05, 2020 | Trade

Although neoliberal globalists are often said to be opposed to industrial policy and strategic trade, that is not necessarily true.  Neoliberals of the kind who have dominated U.S. policy under the two Bushes, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are not orthodox anti-government libertarians.  They support a particular kind of industrial policy, whose emblem is not […]

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When Market Logic Comes for the Family Share This

Philip Jeffery | Oct 02, 2020 | Culture

Re: Three Theses About Cuties

I want to offer an addendum to Aaron Sibarium’s recent post “Three Theses About Cuties.” The idea of “sexual liberalism”—that a market-like logic has come to govern sex—is vastly underexplored in conservative circles. It would be valuable to view the concept in light of the insight that the logic governing markets has undergone major changes […]

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Workers Are People, Not Widgets: An Epilogue Share This

Amber Lapp | Sep 30, 2020 | Organized Labor

Earlier this month my husband David and I wrote about Alex, a worker at an Ohio-based unionized factory, and the way the union saved his job after conflict with a supervisor. But there’s a fascinating plot twist that we learned about just before the essay went to press: a multinational corporation bought Alex’s company, and […]

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The Rules of the Game Share This

Aaron Sibarium | Sep 30, 2020 | Political Philosophy

In the unlikely event Trump ekes out a victory in November, it will be because the electoral college let him win without the popular vote, and the democratic imprimatur it carries. Cognizant of this reality, Trump’s opponents have intensified their attacks on the electoral college itself—preemptively invalidating a second term and justifying, in the words […]

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What Will The GOP Look Like After Trump? Share This

Saagar Enjeti | Sep 30, 2020 | GOP

Donald Trump’s presence in 2016 was heralded as a fundamental shock to the system, as a new way for the Republican Party, as a final nail in the coffin of zombie Reagan-era public policy pushed by the billionaire and think tank class in Washington.  As important as Trump has been for showing that there is […]

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