Author Archives: Paoli

Take government benefits? Sure, why not?

(“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?” Continue reading

Reconciling (get ready) Solzhenitsyn & Ayn Rand

(’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. Continue reading