Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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When Technocracy Has A Party

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What to make of the recently scuttled FCC study of newsrooms? Gabriel Rossman argues that the FCC’s proposed study of the story selection by media outlets could usefully inform future FCC decisions to deregulate the communications industry. Meanwhile, Jesse Walker argues that the proposed . . . . Continue Reading »

Enough Talk About Entrepreneurs

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In the documentary “Mitt,” Romney talks about a business owner who was complaining about his tax burden. The business owner didn’t just pay income taxes. There were also the payroll taxes and gas taxes. Fair enough, but what about Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment in . . . . Continue Reading »

Forgetting Middle America

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Speaking at a party retreat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told his colleagues that the party had spent too much time talking about the concerns of business owners and entrepreneurs and not enough about the concerns of that majority who were not (and in many cases did not want to be) business . . . . Continue Reading »

Can There Be Ted Cruz Democrats?

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Over on twitter, Sean Trende points out that since 2000, in forty-nine competitive Senate races, the Republican Senate candidate has run ahead of the Republican presidential candidate in only fourteen. The astute Dan McLaughlin wrote that this  was a “staggering indictment” of the . . . . Continue Reading »

From Contempt to Solidarity

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The period from 2009–2012 saw a bizarre change within the culture of the Republican party. Party elites found it a good idea to express resentment and contempt for workers who were just on the other side of the earnings median. Republicans paid the price of this contempt in 2012, and recent signs indicate that Republican politicians have learned their lesson. . . . Continue Reading »