Author Archives: Jonathan Coppage

About Jonathan Coppage

Jonathan Coppage is a TAC associate editor. He received a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University, and previously attended the University of Chicago, where he studied in the Fundamentals: Issues and Texts great books concentration. Jonathan also worked at The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society. Jon can be followed on Twitter @JonCoppage, or reached by e-mail at

Criminal Justice Reform Steps Out of the Shadows

Conservatives of every stripe sign on to a landmark blow struck against mass incarceration.

Volkswagen’s Failed American Gamble

Shale and scandal combined to unravel Germany’s prized industrial champion.

The Optimism of the Cross in the Face of Genocide

Reflecting on this year’s In Defense of Christians summit—without Ted Cruz

Donald Trump Isn’t Herman Cain

Donald “Stay and we keep the oil” Trump is a self-made caricature manufactured for the media—who won’t go quietly.

‘Game of Thrones’ Between Two Battles

“Blackwater” and “Hardhome” mark the transition of the HBO show from domestic politics to an existential peril.

Rand Gets Abortion Politics Right

Turning the tables on the DNC is Paul at his political best; to win, he’ll have to curb his thin-skinned worst.

Put a Stop to Stoplights

The shared space movement rewrites the rules of the road.

Scott Walker Is Quick to Retreat

Wisconsin’s governor badly undermines his own rationale for being president by succumbing to Big Iowa.

A Beginner’s Guide to ISIS

The Atlantic dives deep into the ideological soul of the Islamic State.

Conservatives, Grab Your Pitchforks!

Hillary’s plutocratic ways leave a political opening for real conservative populism.

Can Mike Lee Make Romney a Rugged Communitarian?

Mitt’s Mormon makeup could help him embrace family-friendly reform.

2014 Says Goodbye to Tom Coburn

The Oklahoma senator consistently put moral and fiscal rectitude ahead of partisan point-scoring.

The Localist Manifesto

How to bring “thereness” back to the American city

Thanksgiving Doorbusters Backfire on Big Retail

Stores opened even earlier—but saw the weekend’s sales slip.

Will the Lame Duck Congress End an NSA Dragnet?

The post-Snowden reform bill is on the agenda, but has lost the support of many civil libertarians.

A Corporatist GOP Needs a Little Crazy

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio hold more policy promise than establishment-as-usual.

Why Elbert Guillory Won’t Hurt Kay Hagan

GOP inroads into the black community have to be built with genuine outreach, not carpetbagging commercials.

The End of Ownership and the Obsolescence of Ayn Rand

A 21st-century economy of service will disrupt our arguments over politics and economics alike.

Eugenics Is Built Into the Health-Obsessed West

Even leaving racist claptrap behind, the eugenic impulse has few true cultural checks.

Mike Lee and Marco Rubio Broaden the Base on Taxes

Two Tea Party senators craft the anti-Romney GOP agenda around liberty well understood.

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