The Left-Right Alliance Against Self-Government

Who knew that neoconservative standard-bearer Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and progressive-Left icon Tom Friedman of The New York Times were in such fierce agreement? Both have waded into the debate recently with defenses of the administrative state. Sure, they might disagree on the top marginal tax rate or which country to invade next, […]

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Trump Revisits Gettysburg

As Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg spoke of America by referring to the four score and seven years that had passed since its birth, President Trump envisioned an America twelve score and 10 from its birth; its 250th birthday, or sestercentennial. That would place us in 2026, a year and a half following an eight-year Trump presidency. Our […]

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Looking at Trump as a Turnaround Executive

The 2016 election outcome was an unexpectedly loud declaration by the American people about their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Further, the magnitude of the post-election polarization has ensured the historical habit of “happy talk” promoting the need for bipartisan initiatives that bring us together is absent and not going to happen. We […]

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Perez Points to Battle Between Administrative State and America

The battle over the administrative state is joined. In remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential advisor Stephen Bannon called for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee elected as its chairman the very embodiment of the administrative state: former Obama Administration Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. […]

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Who Cares About ‘Conservatism’?

Elite movement conservatives still do not understand what the 2016 election means for conservatism. Many have not evinced even the slightest bit of introspection or curiosity about whether conservatism, in light of its manifest failures, can—or even should—continue on as it’s currently constituted. The very hint that something—anything—needs to change sends waves of paroxysms through […]

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Bannon Vindicates John Marini

Even before Michael Anton (writing as Publius Decius Mus) published the most famous essay of the 2016 campaign season, “The Flight 93 Election,”—indeed, even before Donald Trump was considered a serious presidential contender—John Marini was formulating the arguments that would culminate in what remains the most powerful and the best affirmative case for Trump. Marini’s […]

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Dismantling the Deep State

When I was just a boy, people said of federal employment that federal workers traded the higher salaries of the private sector for job security.  If that was true then, it’s certainly not true now. Although estimates vary, federal workers probably enjoy at least a 20 percent advantage in pay over their private sector counterparts, […]

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Trump’s Governing Agenda: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

The agents of the status quo are at it again. CNN host Fareed Zakaria’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post excoriates President Trump for his administration’s “lack of forward movement.” Zakaria took to the Post’s pages to compare Trump’s administration with the motion of  a rocking horse. Zakaria cautioned Trump’s supporters not to “confuse motion […]

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Is Silicon Valley Trying to be the Deep State’s Enforcer?

The Deep State is fomenting a coup. If it wasn’t apparent in the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration last month that the entrenched network of D.C. bureaucrats, intelligence officials, and establishment press were working to undermine the new administration, the truth has become obvious in the past week. #Resistance-sympathetic press outlets are continually […]

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