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Dispatches from a World Turned Upside Down

  • McConnell: “Arming Ukraine is the Number One Priority of Most Republicans.” Is it?

    The oracle has spoken, the top priority of Republicans across America is sending munitions and dollars to Ukraine. McConnell has clearly been in Washington for too long and no longer has any conception of what his voters want most, as it is certainly not fighting a quasi-war with the Russians.

  • Must We Go Abroad Searching for Monsters to Destroy?

    On Independence Day, 1821, President John Quincy Adams gave a timeless speech where he laid out the foreign policy a nation conceived should pursue: “Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” How things change.

  • Leading by Example vs The Sword: The US in the World

    Hundreds of military bases abroad. Thousands of planes. Hundreds of ships of war. Millions of men at arms. The United States commands an empire, the likes of which has never before been imagined, let alone made reality. Having surpassed the institutionalized glory of Rome, though not yet weeping for lack of nations left to conquer, one asks: To what end?

  • The US Military, the Republican Party, and Statism

    The raising, deploying, and maintaining of standing armies is the most injurious possible development for liberty. Republicans effectively remodeled the image of our standing army to be nationalistic, pro-family, and an all-around good to camouflage the inherent negatives of large militaries. How should the libertarian and the conservative toe the line between respecting the soldiery on the one hand and opposing the matrix of interests which promotes war on the other?

  • Why Did American Conservatism Become Statist?

    Sometimes bad things happen to good ideas, such is the story of American conservatism, which got all wrapped up in statism as a result of a quirk of history which was never fixed. This quirk must be fixed, and conservatism reimagined as a fundamentally different idea committed to tradition and liberty, not to the state.

  • Do Not Fiddle While Rome Burns

    Proxy wars in Yemen, Ukraine and elsewhere continue, defense spending hovers around $845 billion, the budget deficit exceeds one trillion, and federal debt per taxpayer is a quarter million. Amidst all the ruin and woe, former President Trump has the answer: trading cards which portray him as a superhero.

  • The LOLbertarian Caricature

    Libertarians are the most fractious of all political types, if it was not for our constant infighting, there would have been several libertarian presidents by now. The problem is this: Who earns the title “libertarian?”

  • The National Defense Authorization Act in Context

    The National Defense Authorization Act is the main vehicle by which the military and the network of agencies supporting it get their funding and the next one is coming up for a vote soon, but how much is being spent and what is its effect?

  • It Has Been One Thousand Days Since “Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread,” and What Did We Learn?

    On March 16, 2020, President Trump announced his plan to stop the pandemic: “Fifteen days to slow the spread.” That was one thousand days ago, and what did we learn? Never empower the state during a crisis.

  • A Classic Generations Later: The Continued Relevance of Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

    One of the first economics books I ever read was Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt and I could hardly have asked for a better introduction to the science of human action. Generations later, no update needs to be written, it is just as timely and just as applicable in the 21st Century as it was in the last.

  • Battle Over Mandatory Covid Shots in the US Military Nears an End

    The House of Representatives voted for the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which among other things, overturns the covid vaccine mandate, a move that was long in the making.

  • VICTORY: San Francisco Police Reverse Decision to Use Killer Robots on American Citizens

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to discontinue the policy passed only days earlier allowing police to kill American citizens with robots.

  • Spending Other People’s Money: Trump vs Biden

    Over the past year, President Biden has already spent more than any other president in a given year. How does his predecessor line up with this fiscal irresponsibility?

  • Former President Donald Trump Suggests Suspending the Constitution

    On December 3, the former president took to Truth Social to decry election fraud and suggest termination of “all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

  • The Depreciation of the House of Representatives and the Way Back

    By Cruz Marquis The government brought into being by the Constitution is a compromise between aristocratic and republican inclinations of the founders. In the chief branch, the legislature, both interests were given a chamber where the one would predominate over the other: The monied, learned, and landed Senate, and the yeoman, practical, and down to […]

  • Where Militarization Meets Dehumanization: San Francisco Green Lights Police Killer Robots

    As per new city guidelines voted on Tuesday, police are able to enlist the use of robots capable of “be[ing] used as a deadly force option.”

  • The "Department of Justice’s" Assault on Justice

    Fellow Americans, our civil liberties are under assault by the Department of Justice. On Saturday, the 21st of March, news broke that the department asked congress to grant them dramatically expanded power to interdict judicial proceedings. According to Reason, these abilities cover “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial and […]

  • How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Help Bernie Sanders to Lay Waste to the US Healthcare System

    The Wuhan Coronavirus is ravaging the world. This combined with longstanding healthcare angst will drive more to Sanders’s radical plan. Read the full story here.

  • The Insidiousness of the Sanders’ Wealth Tax

    So-called “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders has a novel approach to taxation up his sleeve, just waiting to be unleashed on America. He calls it a wealth tax, which is fundamentally different from all mainstream tax proposals. It is a tax on all assets. Every single penny a man has to his name in any form […]

  • Open Letter to the US Senate on the Afghanistan War

    This letter was sent to a number of United States Senators to advocate for a swift end to the war in Afghanistan. Dear United States Senator X,                The war in Afghanistan is America’s longest engagement and it is dragging on with no end in sight. Because of its seeming permanence, it is understandable […]

  • The Practical Case for Voting Trump in 2020

    Donald Trump is abrasive, inarticulate and is the proverbial bull in the china shop. Everyone knows this and virtually everyone acknowledges it. For some, this is a positive and is characteristic of someone dead set against business as usual in Washington. For the rest, those points are definite flaws in the president. Those who support […]

  • The WWIII that Shan’t be

                    Middle East tensions run high as the United States appears ready to square off with Iran. For the past few days, an escalating cycle of tit-for-tat violence has dominated the headlines. It began in earnest when Iranian backed militiamen assaulted the American embassy in Baghdad in retaliation for US airstrikes. The United States hit […]

  • Things to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

    Today is thanksgiving, the day traditionally set aside to commemorate the feast between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621. We live in a much different world than the first Thanksgiving revelers. Since then, their descendants rose up against British tyranny and proclaimed a new nation. Civil war scorched the land yet the republic came […]

  • The Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul: Conservative Critique Book Review

    The Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul: Conservative Critique Book Review

    A lot of good books came out in the last few months about politics and economics. This article starts a new type of article on The Conservative Critique: the book review. In the past, there have been reviews of several books on certain topics but those weren’t time relevant i.e. they weren’t new. For this […]

  • Good Things Trump Recently did that the Leftist Media Ignored

    Good Things Trump Recently did that the Leftist Media Ignored

    With the leftist media singularly focused on the issues of impeachment, taxes and an array of other scandals, they ignore lots of positives of the Trump presidency. The chief executive is not perfect and no one is saying he is. Plenty of scandals with his administration have merit including the current impeachment mess. While this […]

  • Our Allies are Dying and the President Doesn’t Care

                Around a week ago, Turkey marched into Syria. Their mission is to drive back the Kurdish YPG militia. The YPG is backed by the United States because they are liberals fighting both the Al-Assad government and ISIS. Indeed, they function as one of the main ground forces fighting ISIS in the region. Ankara’s attack […]

  • Why I as a semi-Libertarian can never vote for a Libertarian Party candidate

    Why I as a semi-Libertarian can never vote for a Libertarian Party candidate

    The other day, I was scrolling through YouTube and watched an hour and half long debate at the Libertarian SoHo Forum.[1] Two libertarian activists, Dave Smith and Nicolas Sarwarck, were sparring over whether the LP should ever run candidates like Gary Johnson and Bill Weld at the top of the ticket. Considering the fact that […]

  • Rhetoric Over Guns Burns White Hot

    Rhetoric Over Guns Burns White Hot

                    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said last week, “Hell yeah we’re going to take your AR-15. If it’s a weapon designed to kill people on the battlefield, we’re going to buy it back.” This was the start of a now viral twitter exchange which is keeping the debate on guns hot. Texas representative Briscoe […]

  • We will never forget

    We will never forget

    Today is 9/11. 18 years ago America was changed forever by 19 men with box cutters. In a brazen act that could not be imagined by civilized men, the innocents were slaughtered by the hundreds and the thousands. Women, children and men of peace were blown away without discrimination. They had not war’s decorum to […]

  • The Greenland Purchase

    The Greenland Purchase

    Recently, a bizarre saga has been playing out between Washington, DC, Copenhagen and Nuuk. Reviving the old American strategy of purchasing large tracts of land from foreign powers to enlarge the country, President Trump has been looking into buying Greenland. There is much to unpack here. Without diving into the strange world of geopolitics, this […]

  • Shots fired at San Antonio ICE office a result of left wing hysteria?

    Shots fired at San Antonio ICE office a result of left wing hysteria?

    Early Tuesday morning, gunshots rang out in San Antonio. They were directed at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. Luckily, no one was killed or wounded in the attack. FBI special agent Christopher Combs who runs the San Antonio wing of the bureau condemned the attack and said it could have caused “the assassination […]

  • Democracy Worldwide: Unrest in Hong Kong escalates as Beijing’s response looms

    Democracy Worldwide: Unrest in Hong Kong escalates as Beijing’s response looms

    The semiautonomous city of Hong Kong has been rocked by protests for the 9th straight week. What began as a protest against an extradition proposal has become a wide-ranging offensive for democracy. On the ground, the situation gets more volatile by the day. Demonstrators have converged on the Hong Kong airport and will remain there […]

  • The motivations of the gun control movement examined

    The motivations of the gun control movement examined

    All political designs have supporters who will back them for different reasons. This can be best imagined as a conflict between idealism and Machiavellianism used in a loose context. Former of the two, the idealist relies on what he really believes is right. Politics for him is not about attaining power and influence. It is […]

  • Calls for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton: What’s not being said

    Calls for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton: What’s not being said

    Tragedy has struck America. In El Paso, a mass public shooting occurred in a Walmart which killed 20. It was perpetrated by 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Dallas who has been apprehended by police and is being held without bond. The Houston Chronicle reported that he posted a message on an 8Chan account in the lead-up […]

  • Shake ups in the Democratic presidential field –Avenatti considers running and Gravel drops out

    Shake ups in the Democratic presidential field –Avenatti considers running and Gravel drops out

                    The war of attrition raging in the Democratic Party continued in the past few days with two new developments. Former Alaska congressmen Mike Gravel has ended his campaign and leftist lawyer Michael Avenatti may run for president. These two events, though they concern some of the lesser figures in the drama of the 2020 […]

  • Democracy Worldwide: Authoritarian crackdown in Russia

    Democracy Worldwide: Authoritarian crackdown in Russia

    Old liberalism never really sunk in in Russia. When the winds of freedom swept over Europe in the 19th century, Eastern Europe was only minimally touched. Through the strong hand of the state, the Russian people were kept down. Only in 1860s was serfdom abolished. Even when reformers such as Czar Alexander II were in […]

  • Socialists either don’t understand economics or are liars Part 2 of 3

    Socialists either don’t understand economics or are liars Part 2 of 3

                    As was stated in part one[1], the Democratic Party has substantially changed. Capitalist elements of the party are taking a back seat to a new breed much farther to the left of them. To the whole country’s dismay, this new element is socialistic to a European degree. Democrats have been trending leftward for a […]

  • Socialists either don’t understand economics or are liars Part 1 of 3

    Socialists either don’t understand economics or are liars Part 1 of 3

    It is time to face facts. The Democratic Party is dead and in its place has risen a European-style socialist party while still maintaining the old moniker. In days past, the Democrats were Keynesians like Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson but no more. Keynes and the economic theory that bears his name while […]

  • Unfunded liabilities: The untold story of the American debt

    Unfunded liabilities: The untold story of the American debt

    Every American knows that the debt Uncle Sam has racked up is mindboggling. A single visit to the website USDebtClock.org, a website that shows real time economic statistics for the United States, shows this well enough. As of the 7th of July 2019 the figures do indeed look grim. The federal government owes $22.523 ($22,523,000,000,000) […]

  • Translating Trump: the ‘go back’ saga

    Translating Trump: the ‘go back’ saga

                    A few days ago president Donald Trump touched off yet another firestorm with a series of tweets directed at radical left wing congressmen. The liberals in Trump’s sights are the four members of the so-called “squad” representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar. As of late they have captured headlines with radical policy proposals. In […]

  • Rand Paul blocked the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund bill but there are better things to cut

    Rand Paul blocked the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund bill but there are better things to cut

                    Today, GOP senator Rand Paul blocked a bill that would extend the timeline of the 9/11 victims compensation fund. Though he is technically a Republican, Paul is a stalwart libertarian that is tough on the national debt. It should then come as no surprise that the reason he objected to it was on economic […]

  • Top 10 must read books for conservatives Part 2 of 2

    Top 10 must read books for conservatives Part 2 of 2

    Continuing the theme of must read books for conservatives from the previous article. The fields of economics and politics are very complicated as anyone who has looked into either can attest to. These twin studies underlie everything all the current events that grab the headlines. One can understand the happenings in Washington just fine from […]

“As soon as we surrender the principle that the state should not interfere in any questions touching on the individual’s mode of life, we end by regulating and restricting the latter down to the smallest detail.”

— Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism The Classical Tradition