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Charles Murray on the essence of the totalitarian personality: using government force to override another person’s preferences ‘for his own good’
A great quote from Charles Murray, from his 1997 book “What It Means to Be a Libertarian.”
America isn’t a race. But it’s not an idea either. It is, rather, a nation. It is a nation whose identity is more bound up with political ideals than most nations: ideals such as equality before the law, self-government and freedom of religion. But those ideals are part of a national culture that is not reducible to them.
On Tuesday at AEI, along with my friend and colleague Mike McShane, I hosted a conference on “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” After spending a day noodling on the subject, I thought I’d share a few takeaways.
Democrats took shots at the president at the expense of hurting those they claim to be fighting for. In doing so, they showed they don’t care about the dreamers and illegal immigrants. All they care about is getting Donald Trump, no matter who gets hurt.
As the internet grows, it promotes the spread of information (and misinformation) at a greater speed and scale than ever. Challenges to veracity, authenticity, and accountability will only increase.
Medicaid work requirements aren’t punitive. Instead, they reflect proper social expectations. They send a message that if you can contribute to society, then you should. That message matters.
In the latest AEI Economic Perspectives paper, Fordham Law School professor John Pfaff lays out some of the challenges with criminal justice reform, and suggests a number of federal policy changes that could make a meaningful dent in the number of incarcerated persons in the United States.
The GOP‘s recent success in passing a tax reform plan that will increase growth could easily be undermined by certain fiscal realities unless Congress turns its attention to addressing the national debt.
Given the deteriorating state of US-China trade and investment relations, it may soon be tempting for Beijing to mirror the US and raise “security” concerns about Chinese citizens using a US company’s technology.
The flight from high-tax to low-tax states, diminished by higher-skill immigration, the fracking boom in North Dakota, and the decline in hip Vermont: You might even say Trump started winning even when Obama was still in office
Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made a number of bold claims in a recent statement on net neutrality, but she made one point we can all agree with: The only way to get lasting net neutrality is to enshrine it in law through the will of the people.
Access is a huge part of what companies pay for when they hire lobbyists — a seat at the table. So, it’s certainly unseemly for a president to literally sell access to himself, as Trump does with his private clubs.
The $634 billion in base defense spending for fiscal year (FY) 2018 authorized by the bill is $85 billion dollars above the annual Budget Control Act cap spending limit for national defense. What does this mean?
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The Trump administration has crafted a strong and comprehensive new National Security Strategy (NSS) that recognizes that the fundamental driver of contemporary geopolitics is a Sino-American rivalry and that Washington must compete more vigorously with Beijing.
Our democracy requires vigorous competition between two serious and ideologically distinct parties, both of which operate in the realm of truth, see governing as an essential and ennobling responsibility, and believe that the acceptance of republican institutions and democratic values define what it is to be an American. The Republican Party must reclaim its purpose.
Please, please, please: Let’s not squander this moment. Women and men of good will have a profound opportunity to speak honestly and work together to begin to write the next chapter in the quest for equality and dignity. If only we can pull ourselves out of the Great Sex Panic of 2017.
Federal Reserve Governor Jay Powell, just nominated by President Trump to be the next Fed Chairman, came to AEI this past July to stress that reform of the housing finance system is long past due.