Tag: Conservative Critique

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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.