America’s War for the Greater Middle East | Andrew Bacevich

America’s War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich Quick Review Andrew Bacevich has spent the better part of two decades critiquing American foreign policy, but none of his works matches the scope of America’s War for the Greater Middle East. In this book, Bacevich Read More …

Economic Sophisms | Frederic Bastiat

Economic Sophisms by Frederic Bastiat   Quick Review In Economic Sophisms, Frederic Bastiat destroys the myths propagated by economic protectionists, those people who seek special favors from the government for certain industries. Bastiat, in essay after essay, shows how taxes and protective tariffs, by artificially raising Read More …

Is Libertarianism Compatible with Conservatism?

At the beginning of this series on libertarianism and conservatism, I wrote that it’s hard to believe that I’ve called myself a libertarian for nearly half a decade. But in reality, I’ve held libertarian-ish views for a much longer time. Unfortunately, I spent years bouncing Read More …

Why Conservatives Should Stand Against Police Brutality

One of the most consistent news themes of the past year has been police brutality. The fervor that began with the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has escalated as reports of police violence have garnered increased attention and scrutiny for the nation’s Read More …

Confused Conservatives Stuck Between Rights and Utility

This week Ohio voters had the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana. The amendment failed, thankfully. It was a legitimately terrible law that, if approved, would not have merely legalized marijuana, but would have also set up a monopoly on Read More …

Government Without the State: Morality in a Libertarian Society

Within conservative circles there is a specific stereotype of libertarians that repeatedly rises to the surface.  In 2013, conservative pundit Derek Hunter articulated this stereotype when he huffed, “Honestly, what does being a Libertarian mean beyond legalizing drugs (and) banging hookers…?” We have already addressed Read More …

Conservative Arguments Against Immigration: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump – a phrase which still blows my mind – has garnered headlines, not to mention critics and supporters, with his inflammatory comments on immigration. Trump’s claim that immigration is an overwhelming burden on the American people has reignited the immigration debate, Read More …

FDR Goes to War | Burton Folsom & Anita Folsom

FDR Goes to War by Burton Folsom & Anita Folsom Quick Review Burton Folsom, who has for decades been a respected economic historian, has found a second career as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s chief modern antagonist. Folsom’s New Deal or Raw Deal? critically analyzed the legacy of FDR and Read More …

Libertarianism for Conservatives: A Primer

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” – Ronald Reagan It’s difficult to believe, but I have been a libertarian for nearly half a decade. That’s difficult to believe both because it doesn’t seem like it’s been Read More …