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Archive of posts published in the tag: William Voegeli

University Justice Infects the House

“..the hectoring self-righteousness that grievance studies professors display in faculty senates is now an increasingly common feature of the U.S. Senate. Thus, Judiciary Committee hearings on a Supreme Court nominee became a venue for the same contempt for procedural fairness and epistemological humility as a campus sexual harassment tribunal run by the campus Women’s Center’s Grand Inquisitors.”

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Exciting But False

“In doing so, we stop comparing our condition favorably with known, existing alternatives, and begin comparing it unfavorably with hypothetical possibilities. On the political supply side, public officials compete to be visionary and idealistic, to promise those transformations that will be the most fundamental. Those citizens increasingly disposed to believe that their glass is half-empty welcome or even demand such boldness.”

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Intellectual Scapegoats

William Voegeli wrote an important book, Never Enough which I highly recommend. In National Review he writes Why the Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege Speaking of Orwell, his observation that all leftist political parties are “at bottom a…

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Laundering Privilege

William Voegeli wrote an important book, Never Enough which I highly recommend. In National Review he writes Why the Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege It turns out that “social justice” amounts to noblesse oblige, simultaneously strengthening the obligations and…

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The Bubble of Moral Supremacy

From William Voegeli in The National Review, Hillary’s Empty Moralism Is a Reflection of the Greater Progressive Movement Though conservatives find liberal sanctimony insufferable, complaining about it is beside the point. Self-righteousness is the only kind of righteousness liberalism now affords…

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Redefining Liberty

I attended a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum in Atlanta last week. I was able to meet Don Boudreaux from Café Hayek, one of my daily go to blogs, and Ronald Pestritto, a history professor at Hillsdale. Ron authored three…

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Dictating Progress

From William Voegeli in The National Review, Hillary’s Empty Moralism Is a Reflection of the Greater Progressive Movement It has now been more than a century since progressivism reconfigured American liberalism by discarding the Founding’s commitment to constitutional structures and limits,…

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The Stability of Minority Rights

“The modern undergraduate assigned The Federalist Papers usually makes the reasonable assumption that faction is dangerous because political fragmentation and contentiousness are to be avoided. The real point of Federalist 10 is counterintuitive: Republicanism is imperiled when society is not…

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Qualitative Liberalism

From Never Enough by William Voegeli “The broader social problem was that the alleviation of poverty, whether from government programs or the advance of capitalism, had liberated people to pursue private goals, which, though not necessarily antisocial, were apt to be asocial…

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How FDR Deformed Liberalism

From Never Enough by William Voegeli “According to Sidney Milkis, “FDR’s deft reinterpretation of the American constitutional tradition” gave “legitimacy to progressive principles by embedding them in the language of constitutionalism and interpreting them as an expansion rather than a subversion of…

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To Suffer Together

  From Never Enough by William Voegeli “Etymologically, “compassion” means to suffer together. “Together,” however, is different from “identically.” Compassion is not the same as selflessness, and not really the opposite of selfishness. Rather, it provides a basis for helping…

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For the People vs By the People

From The Weekly Standard, Liars Remorse by Wiliam Voegeli Excerpt: The gullibility of the millions of Americans who have been helped by Obama-care, but can be led to believe it’s harmful, goes without saying. Such sentiments confirm that today’s Democrats…

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Compassion without Results

From the October 2014 issue of Hillsdale’s Imprimis, William Voegeli writes The Case Against Liberal Compassion Excerpt: It follows, then, that the answer to the question of how liberals who profess to be anguished about other people’s suffering can be so…

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Regulatory Competitive Advantage

Beyond the issue that regulations that add complexity are part of the problem they seek to solve, regulations are often used as competitive leverage of one corporation over another. While limited debit card fees to 12 cents may create a…

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Regulating Complexity

In the June 2011 Commentary Wiliam Voegli writes Why Corporations Love Regulations (requires subscription- also in hard copy) The industrial policy of Japan was once heralded as the epitome of the success of central planning, government by the experts.  Now…

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Just Do Whatever You Want

In the June 2011 Commentary Wiliam Voegli writes Why Corporations Love Regulations An excerpt: The heart of the dispute over debit-card fees, for example, is a provision in last year’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ordering the…

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