Can we trust the government with the death penalty?

By |May 26th, 2015|

I shall ask for the abolition of the punishment of death until I have the infallibility of human judgment demonstrated to me. -Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette (yes, that one)

I find that I am essentially for the death penalty in theory, but against it in practice. That’s one of those statements that is in danger of meaning nothing, like “supporting the troops but not the war.” In this case, however, I understand my position well enough to use such a platitude with my eyes wide open. […]

The enduring tension that is modern conservatism

By |May 26th, 2015|

The preeminent conservative intellectual forum called the Philadelphia Society devoted its recent meeting to exploring the roots of its philosophy, especially conservatism’s mid-20th century rebirth at National Review magazine under William F. Buckley, Jr. and Frank Meyer. Discussants could not ignore an important fact: that the modern conservative movement was born bearing a revealing quirk. […]

At the intersection of race and poverty

By |May 19th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) When I was in law school, I had the privilege of working at the Institute on Race & Poverty. IRP was focused on issues that were found at the intersection of race and poverty. IRP recognized that while race and poverty were concerns independent of each other, when they intersected, it raised a different and more complex set of concerns. I appreciated that perspective as a law student, but as a professional and a community member, the realities of that perspective have deepened over time. […]

Elections in Anglosphere surprise — and alarm

By |May 19th, 2015|

Two elections recently took place within the Anglosphere — both with rather startling, and quite opposite, results.

Despite extensive prognostication to the contrary, Great Britain granted David Cameron’s Conservatives a victory — a majority at that. […]

Is overcoming white privilege achievable?

By |May 19th, 2015|

(’76 Contributor) I was intrigued by a statement from Christopher Torres, a faculty member at Ohio State University at Mansfield. Mr. Torres stated that, “The world is normalized to be White” (Arnett, 2015). Mr. Torres further asserts that unless someone has “lived experiences of being on the short end of the privilege”, efforts to understand those affected by White privilege are in essence futile. I perceive these statements to be cataclysmic because they offered, at best, marginal hope that non-white populations will have an opportunity to engage in American society. […]

Thoughts on woman power

By |May 1st, 2015|

A powerful woman versus a woman in power: which one are you, which one is she? Let’s explore, shall we?

Since the beginning of time women have had an exceptional gift of influence, leadership and compassion. […]

Trading places: Pacific pact tests political alliances

By |May 1st, 2015|

President Barack Obama finds himself in unfamiliar — and uncomfortable — territory. In working out a Pacific trade deal, the president is surrounded in general agreement by Republicans even as the Democratic base — among […]

Conservatives must go after black vote in 2016

By |May 1st, 2015|

My response to those concerned about the number of Blacks voting for Republicans has tended along the lines of, “Eeh!” Frankly, I haven’t cared.  Long ago, I decided that the GOP in general and Conservatives […]

How to bedevil a political party

By |April 27th, 2015|

(’76 Editor) Greetings, mortals. Uncle Screwtape here, senior devil, seldom seen but always lurking around and making mischief. You’ll remember me from C. S. Lewis’s little guidebook about how to subvert souls. As a sideline, […]

Exotic Las Vegas and singular Nevada

By |April 4th, 2015|

(Las Vegas) The longtime Las Vegas headliner Liberace famously remarked that “too Much of a good thing is…Wonderful”. He might have been describing this fabled desert playground itself which very simply has no counterpart  […]