Article Archive

What Kevin Williamson Gets Wrong About the Libertarian Moment

The Atlantic’s (now former) writer says the GOP has become “Sean Hannity’s party,” but he misses something fundamental.

April 5, 2018

Jonathan Chait’s Cockeyed Trump-Libertarian Fantasy

What the liberal writer doesn’t understand about the philosophy he’s analyzing.

February 6, 2018

National Review Finally Gets It Right on Stop-and-Frisk

The conservative magazine deserves credit for admitting they were wrong about this authoritarian tactic.

January 8, 2018

There is No ‘New Normal’ After the Alabama Election

But there are dueling narratives about what Roy Moore’s loss means.

December 14, 2017

Tom Petty’s Permanent Things

Politically progressive, but he kept a traditionalist streak.

October 4, 2017

Our Newfound Sympathy for Addicts

Why was the crack epidemic treated differently?

August 24, 2016

Why Conservatives Ignored the Ferguson Report

Far too many right-wingers believe whole categories of human beings are “bad people” who deserve violence and injustice.

March 30, 2015

Don’t Hate Chris Kyle—or the Iraqis

American soldiers and Arab civilians alike are victims of politicians’ hubris and terrorists’ atrocities.

January 29, 2015

The Right’s Race Deafness

Too many conservatives give the impression that refusing to listen to black perspectives is a point of pride.

December 31, 2014

What’s Conservatism Without Liberty?

Dick Cheney and Jennifer Rubin aim to purge the freedom movement from the right—leaving nothing but authoritarianism.

December 19, 2014

“Fortunate Son” Is Antiwar, and Pro-Military

Conservative hawks keep confusing supporting the troops with endorsing the wars.

November 14, 2014

How Rand Paul Threatens Left and Right

Libertarian-inflected conservatism challenges entrenched political coalitions with a transpartisan appeal.

October 29, 2014

How to Win a Culture War

Young Americans are more pro-drug, pro-gay—and pro-life.

January 7, 2014

Why Gay Marriage Isn’t the ’60s Civil Rights Fight

What black Americans suffered is without parallel in our history—a fact all sides of the SSM debate should recognize.

April 1, 2013

Libertarianism for Social Conservatives

From abortion to the drug war and gay marriage, decentralization is the only answer.

March 21, 2013

How Gun Control Kills

And why death-penalty opponents should think twice about firearms bans.

December 27, 2012

D’Souza’s “Kenyan Anti-Colonial” Distraction

An unproductive GOP indulges in conspiracy paranoia.

December 17, 2012

In Defense of Grover Norquist

The anti-tax activist represents a challenge to authoritarian GOP orthodoxy.

November 30, 2012

The Petraeus Saga

Neoconservatives have lost their best advocate for war in Afghanistan.

November 16, 2012

Back to Constitutional Conservatism

The GOP needs new ideas rooted in old ones.

November 9, 2012