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Before you try to Google “American Muslim Party,” don’t bother. These Islamists are not bold enough–yet– to tell everyone how they are vying for the halls of power. M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy has once again alerted the American public that political Islam is alive and well. Under the guise […]

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The Democrats are no more destined to ride an arc of history to final and permanent rule than is the liberal democratic order to persist after the prematurely proclaimed end of history. There is no socialist utopia or dystopia waiting to be finally realized. At the same time, as President Trump realizes, action in one […]

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A funny thing happened to America’s libertarian movement – it expected a champion to emerge in the 2016 election; it may or may not have one in Donald Trump. Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice behind “The Libertarian” podcast, grades the Trump presidency from a libertarian vantage. […]

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America at its worst divide since the Civil War? Not exactly, says Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina, the author of Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate. Fiorina contends that voters haven’t abandoned the center but that the two major parties have, the result being continued experimentation with the political order in Washington. Will […]

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An irony of Donald Trump: in the process of besting Hillary Clinton, he also divided conservatives into three camps. So contends Tevi Troy, a best-selling author and political analyst who worries about the lack of an intellectual presence in the current White House. More

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Michael Barone hosts Cass Sunstein, author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” (Princeton University Press, March 2017). Mr. Sunstein’s book explores how the internet once promised to be the great equalizer, removing barriers between people and fostering the exchange of ideas. However, today’s internet is […]

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An interesting phenomenon may have arisen out of the unusual relationship President Trump has with the Republican Party. Fundamentally and Constitutionally, there is nothing in the framework of the US federal government that relies upon political parties. The tensions built into the US government were established to exist between the Executive, the Legislative and the […]

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Should Conservatives Create the Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Party?

 

life-liberty-and-happinessIf a rump Le-Pen-style Republican Party emerges (oozes out?) after this election, freedom-loving Americans like me will knock the dust of the GOP off our sandals and start anew. What would be a good name for the next conservative party?

I know it’s long but what about the Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Party?

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Jon Rauch’s ebook and Atlantic article defending political machines are eye-openers. Did it ever occur to you — and I assume you are not a paid political consultant — did it ever occur to you that there was other than a post hoc defense for political secrecy and cronyism and back-room deal-making? That “if you […]

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How would you have voted in your state’s primary election if you knew the final choice would be between Cruz and Trump? The GOP shot itself in the foot yet again. Through its foolish and unjust system of staggered primaries, it not only refuses voters in later states the opportunity to vote for a full […]

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If this was how Republicans argued in televised interviews, they wouldn’t always be stuck defending themselves against Democrats’ lies. Instead of investing in fleeting individual campaigns, the Republican party should invest in promotion of videos and arguments such as this. More

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As calls for a 3rd party become increasingly common, perhaps we should reflect on why the US has maintained a 2-party system for so long. Before discussing whether or not a different system is preferable, I would first like to understand whether or not a different system is even possible.  More

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Moderation Isn’t Compromise

 

Responding to a Vox article by Ezra Klein, Mark Steyn explains how the common understanding of “moderate” voters is mistaken:

Because the first position is “left” and the second position is “right,” the pollsters split the difference and label such a person a “moderate.” But he isn’t actually a moderate, so much as bipartisanly extreme. In practice, most “moderates” boil down to that: They hold some leftie and some rightie positions. The most familiar type of “moderate” in American politics are the so-called “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” red governors of blue states. […] As Trump’s detractors see it, he’s just a reality-show buffoon with a portfolio of incoherent attitudes that display no coherent worldview. But very few people go around with a philosophically consistent attitude to life: Your approach to, say, health insurance is determined less by abstract principles than by whether you can afford it. Likewise, your attitude to the DREAMers may owe more to whether your local school district is collapsing under the weight of all this heartwarming diversity.

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