Ideas

Not so fast on 'judge not'

December 28th, 2013|

(Centennial Fellow) “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The tolerance movement in our secular culture screams this biblical passage (Matt: 7:1) to silence Christians from expressing their biblical judgment in opposition to the moral relativism of the American culture. This has become the clarion call of the millennial generation, the most unchurched cohort in America.[1] The resulting silence has helped usher in […]

A nation with resolve

December 22nd, 2013|

Contemplating a resolution for the New Year? Here’s a suggestion. Resolve to put America back on the path of greatness. A centralized government that bestows “equality” by redistributing wealth did not buoy the United States to strength and prosperity. Freedom of opportunity coupled with responsibility made America special. […]

The real tragedy of the commons

December 3rd, 2013|

Hint: It’s still the liberal progressive communitarian apocalypse. […]

On Black Friday, Trying to Understand How to Prevent Other Days from Becoming Black

November 30th, 2013|

We live in difficult times, and I don’t mean obstacles to consumption over the next month. The only way to understand them is to try, and to enlist others to try along with us. So try these out: […]

"Open data," influence, and ethics in government

October 30th, 2013|

This past Friday, I headed up to Parker to attend CityCamp Colorado 2013: Change The Game. CityCamp is the annual conference of OpenColorado.org, an organization dedicated to “support[ing] a transformation that will lead to a simple, beautiful, and easy-to-use government”. Now, I’m aware that the word limited did not appear in that vision statement. But I believe the pursuit of transparent and accessible government data is one that encourages citizen engagement, and thus at least has the potential to diffuse the policy analysis and implementation process from concentration in the hands of a professional bureaucracy. With properly informed citizens, that is a good thing. However, ethical qualifications to the collection and usage of large government data sets are valid concerns. I was at times a bit worried that I was the only one so concerned. […]

Five Lessons from Conservative Persuasion Bootcamp

October 17th, 2013|

It happened right under our noses, even though we all knew better: a cabal of determined con men and women got everyone to believe that they were championing open and enlightened discourse, while they were actually just frightening everyone into silence ahead of the reality that the oligarchic governmentality to which they entitled themselves was in fact completely incoherent. […]

Whittle: Taking Back the Moral High Ground

July 28th, 2013|

PJ Media video commentator and director Bill Whittle closed Sunday morning’s session at the fourth annual Western Conservative Summit, urging attendees not to let progressives “get away with it anymore” by falsely claiming moral superiority. […]

Goldberg: Progressivism Has No Clothes

July 28th, 2013|

Mixing the funny and the philosophical, columnist Jonah Goldberg’s examination of the loaded phrases and political cliches pervading the current political discourse reveals an ideology, progressivism, “without clothing.” Goldberg described what he called the progressives’ use of […]

Sen. Ted Cruz: Conscience of a Constitutional Conservative

July 27th, 2013|

Though Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received a rockstar welcome, the rising GOP star heaped praise on the attendees on the second day of the Western Conservative Summit. “I am humbled,” Cruz said, by all those “who are standing up to take the country back.” And while Cruz admired […]

Hanson: Moral Bankruptcy of Liberalism

July 27th, 2013|

The Fall of Rome can be interpreted in many ways, and for Victor Davis Hanson the lessons of history resonate more clearly in contemporary circumstances as the parallels between ancient Rome and the modern United […]