Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.
The wonky, compromising Ryan was a very useful fellow—but Republicans couldn’t leave well enough alone. Continue Reading »
For all his flaws, Jeb Bush showed more character than most of his GOP opponents—including the supposed golden boy, Marco Rubio. Continue Reading »
A conservative nationalism that can’t speak to both recent immigrant populations and anxious working-class whites will lose to left-wing cosmopolitanism. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven majority-Muslim counties reveals a chaotic, cynical administration—and a hysterical, hypocritical, self-aggrandizing liberal opposition. Continue Reading »
What I miss about the first Bush is that, while he had no program, and no principles beyond his bromides about service and patriotism, those bromides contained valuable ideas.
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More than any other politician, Clinton prepared the public for the devil’s bargain Trump would later make with his supporters. Continue Reading »
Donald Trump’s friendliness toward Russia has the potential to reshape global politics. Continue Reading »
What does the Carrier deal mean for limited-government politics? How can principled conservatives accommodate themselves to Trump’s scrambling of political categories? Continue Reading »
For many liberal activists, fear of Trump is fear that what they would have done with power now will be done unto them. Continue Reading »
I spent the 1990s and the first half of the previous decade thinking way too much about cutting taxes and way too little about labor-force participation and family structure among America’s low-skilled workforce. I had the vague idea that, if taxes were low and efficient, the rest would work out . . . . Continue Reading »