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Conservatism in the 21st century

Americans pay little attention to Canadian politics, even though Canada is by far our largest export market and in many ways Canada is the country that is most similar to the US. In the upcoming election, Canada’s Conservative Party has recently been rising in the polls.  Interestingly, its message seems to be aimed at blue-collar voters: There are plenty of skeptics of O’Toole too. He’s propagating an interventionist, pro-labor and big spending program that...

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The intellectual world we live in

Tyler Cowen, on Marginal Revolution, linked to this very interesting interview with Eric Nelson, executive editor of Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins which publishes “conservative” books (perhaps more “right wingers’” book). The whole interview is well worth reading but this quote strikes me as a perfect assessment of the intellectual world we live in: The overall culture has changed to be pro-censorship, with the belief that by limiting our ability to...

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Hayek was not a conservative. Here’s why.

F.A. Hayek‘s essay ‘Why I Am Not a Conservative‘ is often misremembered as a defensive claim that says conservatives are invested in traditions while liberals want to move forward, and since Hayek considers himself a liberal, he does not want to be mistaken for a conservative. Because Hayek was an advocate of emergent orders who argued against remaking them wholesale, this argument would set him up to fail. But it’s not his argument. ‘Liberal’ and ‘conservative’ as...

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Death panels, euthanasia, and the conservative embrace of herd immunity

I don’t have an ax to grind here, but I’ve noticed an anomaly and wonder if commenters see the same issue. I’ve always thought of the left as being vaguely “pro-life” on issues like pollution control and national health care. The right seems “pro-life” in its opposition to Medicare “death panels”, euthanasia, and of course abortion. Conservative views are often informed by religion, and there’s a clear hostility to the cold utilitarian calculation embodied in death...

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A libertarian is a conservative who has been oppressed

When I was young, there was an old saying that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. I suspect that the debates between liberals and conservatives are especially fierce precisely because they are generally based on genetics and random life experiences, not rational thought. Along these lines, a Politico article by Rich Lowry caught my eye: The intellectual fashion among populists and religious traditionalists has been to attempt to forge a post-liberty or...

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Covid19, the right and the left

Alvaro Vargas Llosa has a great piece on Covid19 and partisan politics. The virus is “ideologically ambidextrous and hermaphrodite”. The virus “disfavors migrations” and “home confinement may skyrocket the birth rate, strengthening, or at least slowing the erosion of, family values.” So is it a situation that will resonate more with the worldview of people on the right? Vargas Llosa doesn’t think so. The virus will hardly have only the consequence of pushing us in a...

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Poll Shows Nation Divided Between ‘America First’ And ‘Blame America First’

Authored by Ginni Thomas via The Daily Caller, Despite the real possibilities of alienating paying customers, the NFL, Starbucks, Target, Chick Fil-A and a host of entertainers continue choosing sides in an escalating culture war centering on America’s past and future. As a new poll documents, citizens increasingly fear expressing their love of country or expressing their political views, for instance by wearing a Make America Great Again cap. George Barna, executive director of the American...

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McAdams Warns US Empire Is “Too Fragile” For A Free Press

The US Congress yesterday revoked press credentials for the Russia-backed RT America television station, claiming RT's new "foreign agent" status disqualified it from conducting journalism on Capitol Hill. RPI Director Daniel McAdams appeared on RT's The Ed Shultz Show to criticize the move on the grounds that the US government should not attempt to prevent Americans from viewing whatever media they choose. The move is really an attempt by Washington's neoconservatives to prevent any...

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Chris Hedges: Elites “Have No Credibility Left”

Chris Hedges and David North via TruthDig.com, On Monday, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North interviewed Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent. Among Hedges’ best-known books are War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, The Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with the cartoonist Joe...

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Paul Craig Roberts Asks “Whose Bright Idea Was RussiaGate?”

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, The answer to the question in the title of this article is that Russiagate was created by CIA director John Brennan. The CIA started what is called Russiagate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia. The CIA and the military/security complex need an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets and unaccountable power. Russia has been assigned that role. The Democrats joined in as a way of attacking Trump. They hoped to...

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