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Take government benefits? Sure, why not?

By |May 5th, 2014|

(“76 Contributor) A few weeks ago, I came across a challenging post on a conservative blog asking whether conservatives should ever use welfare programs. The author explained that he and his wife were expecting a child and that because their finances were tight, they were seriously, if compunctiously, considering the option of taking government money through a program called WIC, which hands out food stamps for families with young children. The author pointed out that as a conservative he had never thought of using a government program but that “now, with a child on the way, the idea of a little help sounds attractive.” Feeling guilty about the prospect of betraying his principles, the author countered that “if it would help and if [he didn’t] intend to continue on welfare after [he got] a full-time job, where’s the harm?” But was that a valid point? Hence the concluding question: “Should conservatives ever use government safety net programs and if so, under what circumstances?” […]

Reconciling (get ready) Solzhenitsyn & Ayn Rand

By |April 11th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As I wrote in a previous post,”Memo to Cuomo,” I do not believe that there is any philosophical inconsistency within American conservatism. I would even submit that Ayn Rand’s Objectivism and so-called social conservatism are substantially closer than some of their respective advocates realize or care to admit. […]

What hope for conservatives? Ask Nock & Limbaugh

By |April 2nd, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) Sometimes it takes the perspective of decades and generations to see what is right in front of us politically. Consider this prescient passage from a well-known libertarian book published when the New Deal was first introduced: […]

Memo to Cuomo: Exiling us only penalizes you

By |February 26th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) In an interview on a local radio station a few weeks ago, Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of the state of New York, bluntly announced that “extreme conservatives” were no longer welcome in the state. […]

My students' U-turn on sharing the wealth

By |February 14th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As part of my research into the intellectual proximity of Ayn Rand’s objectivism and social conservatism, I have spent stimulating time […]

Paradoxical free markets? Not really

By |February 8th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) Sometimes I wonder: Could self-denial perversely lead to self-indulgence and thus cause the demise of the free-market system? “What’s all that gobbledegook […]