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Paleoconservatism, Part Six: Three Cheers for Free Markets, Zero for Capitalism

The family is not the only natural social institution  that is being undermined by the modern state.  Men are by nature competitive, and they created war and games, politics and the marketplace, to satisfy their need to contend for status, wealth and power.  One of leftism’s greatest successes has been to adopt the social language of Christianity and to transfer it from enclosed households (which are naturally communal and socialist) to the open fields where men do battle with each other.    This is a point I made briefly in The Morality of  Everyday Life and which has been expanded...

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Political Realism: A Greek Primer

My second law of presidential elections is that the best liar wins (usually).  This law goes a long way toward explaining why it took so long for the result of the 2000 election to be declared: Both parties were working round the clock, not only in the lower courts but also in the ultimate TV court of appeal, to spin flax into flannel.  In this never-ending period of what everyone seems to be calling a political crisis, no one is willing to talk about the underlying problems which have nothing to do with the electoral college or voting machines but with the basic legitimacy–or rather the lack thereof–of the American regime.

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Hillary Saves Tulsi’s Campaign

Tulsi Gabbard lets the cat out of the old bag: “Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and … powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”

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What is Paleoconservatism, Part V: The Fatal Attraction of Politics

In striking out on our own, we did not intend to surrender the wisdom painfully acquired by earlier generations of classical liberals, libertarians, and small-government conservatives.  If government interference in private life was a major source of social and moral dissolution, then it made no sense to call upon governments to save the family, restore community, or promote great art.

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Why Trump Should Release Ukraine Coup Documents

Democrats seeking President Trump’s impeachment seek Ukraine documents from him. He should grant their wish – with a Niagara Falls of documents. He should begin with every single document related to the 2014 Biden-Kerry-Hillary-Obama coup against the legitimate president of Ukraine.

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What Is Paleoconservatism? Part IV: From Ideological Patchwork to a Philosophy of Human Nature

As it took shape, “paleoconservatism”—like all ideologies—was a piece of bric à brac, cobbled together with pieces from 1950’s liberalism that flew the false flag of conservatism, from which it took hostility to big government, public indecency, and abortion rights; from the misnamed ‘old right,’ from which it borrowed opposition to imperial wars; from the Libertarians, who strongly influenced—most obviously—our anti-imperialism, as well as the emphasis on individual liberty and non-governmental solutions to social problems, and from the populist traditions a suspicion of the ruling elite and a respect for the opinions of ordinary people whose brains had not been...