Politics

Carrying on Obama’s Legacy

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Barack Obama seems to think that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency next month, she will carry on his legacy. What is Obama’s legacy? Let's start with the numbers that impact most people younger than age 65: those associated with ObamaCare, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Remember, "If you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor" and 'you'll ... [click for more]

The Election Has Been Hacked

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The FBI is worried: foreign hackers have broken into two state election databases. The Department of Homeland Security is worried: the nation’s voting system needs greater protection against cyberattacks. I, on the other hand, am not overly worried: after all, the voting booths have already been hacked by a political elite comprised of Republicans and Democrats who ... [click for more]

Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies

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“We’ve got to face it. Politics have entered a new stage, the television stage. Instead of long-winded public debates, the people want capsule slogans—‘Time for a change’—‘The mess in Washington’—‘More bang for a buck’—punch lines and glamour.”— A Face in the Crowd (1957) Politics is entertainment. It is a heavily scripted, tightly choreographed, star-studded, ratings-driven, mass-marketed, costly exercise in ... [click for more]

Six Steps in Analyzing Political Issues

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Every political issue can be analyzed or argued on at least six levels. The levels are usually conflated, but they should be addressed separately even when there is overlap. Otherwise, confusion rather than clarity results. Indeed, sometimes the only way to make sense of a disagreement is to peel away the layers and inspect them one by ... [click for more]

Trump and Libertarians in the Political Arena

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For perhaps most self-described libertarians, supporting any politician is an uneasy exercise in bullet-biting pragmatism, premised on the idea that we ought to support the most libertarian individual in the race—even if that person is really not very libertarian. The author has, as it happens, spent years arguing against this view, suggesting that abstaining from the voting booth is ... [click for more]

Donald Trump the Corrupt Creation of America’s Bankrupt Politics

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Commentators from the political “left” as well as the “right” have attempted to analyze and dissect the rise and appeal of Donald Trump. The reality is, I would suggest, is that he represents the essence of the modern interventionist state, with its regulated economy and redistributive politics. Those on the “left” see Trump as the epitome of an undercurrent of ... [click for more]
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