Health Care Strategery

From First Thoughts

Here’s a short article that outs the truth about the Democrats’ health care strategy. They know the “reform” isn’t going to save money. They also know that it’s a huge leap with unpredictable consequences. But they don’t care, and their moment, they know, . . . . Continue Reading »

Conference at Berry College

From First Thoughts

Next April 15, we’re going to have a one-day conference on the general topic of the teaching of American politics. Here are some possible themes: the relationship between civic education and liberal education, the use of literature and film, the heroic approach (Washington, Lincoln, etc.), . . . . Continue Reading »

The Modern Nation and Liberalism

From First Thoughts

So I’m going to resist the cruel temptation to comment on David Letterman (hasn’t been funny for more than a decade) or say more on whether Beck and Limbaugh are worth defending. Instead, I’m sharing with you a bit of an article I’m writing on Scruton’s and . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Anti-Straussophobic Answers

From First Thoughts

HARPERS thought Peter Minowitz had some more explaining to do in his defense of Strauss and Straussians. And I think his answers will be helpful to non- and anti-Straussians. We learn, for example, that Strauss became less Nietzschean and less militaristic over time, but not less pro-American or . . . . Continue Reading »

2010

From First Thoughts

Here are some thoughts by a thoughtful social scientist on our next national election. I hate to taint the refined pages of postmodern conservatism with mere partisan politics and empty political speculation. Still, there are as many Democrats in Republican leaning districts as there were in 1994; . . . . Continue Reading »