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Archive of posts published in the tag: David French

Republican Progressives

“In fact, one of the central economic insights of modern conservatism is that technocratic interventions—typically undertaken by the brightest of people with the best of intentions—often don’t work and are frequently counterproductive. ”

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Progressive Wolf Mongering

“In other words, in our polarized times, finding the proper sense of proportion might be among your greatest patriotic duties. Save your fury for a real crisis. “

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Government and The Golden Rule

“But it is time for our bureaucrats — before they engage in partisan expression or partisan giving — to ask, “What would a reasonable partisan opponent think of my conduct?” It’s time for bureaucrats to apply a governmental version of the Golden Rule. Should I inflict on others the kinds of suspicions that I’d feel myself if the roles were reversed?”

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A Less Rational Place

from David French at National Review, Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious Although I’ve heard some variation on this argument countless times, as I grew older I noticed something odd. Many of the best-educated and least-religious people I knew weren’t…

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In Search of Credible Critics

from David French at National Review, Don’t Shred Your Credibility for Your Tribe The larger truth, however, is that those with no credibility make poor critics. Given the recent past, media outrage at Spicer’s press conference starts to seem less…

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Ideas and Outcomes

from David French at National Review, 2016: The Year Liberal Ideas Failed A president who promised hope and change left most Americans behind. As Obama leaves office, rich Americans are doing just fine. The rest of the country is stagnant.…

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A Pitiful Revolution

from David French at National Review, The Sins of the Elite Don’t Excuse the Sins of the People Here at home, it should surprise no one that a wrecked culture is spawning a pitiful rebellion. When a population is both angry…

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The Twilight of the Elite

National Review has developed a stable of the most insightful writers of the conservative movement. I have long been a fan of Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson and Charles Cooke,  David French has joined this elite group in my view. David…

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The Other Half of the Battle

from David French at National Review, The Sins of the Elite Don’t Excuse the Sins of the People Even worse, the American cultural elite served up a ruinous sexual revolution, complete with anti-religious hostility that spawned and perpetuated enormous human suffering…

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Rebuilding Instituions

from Sanders and Trump Have Risen from the Wreckage of a Broken Culture by David French at National Review But it’s impossible in one generation to either replace or match liberal-dominated institutions that have existed, in some instances, since before…

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Confusing Populists for Republicans

Republicans Have Overestimated the Conservatism of the Base– from David French in The National Review The GOP underestimated Trump in part because it overestimated the conservatism of its own southern, rural northern, and Midwestern base. It underestimated the extent to…

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Choosing Not to Finish

from Iraq War Regrets in The National Review, a compendium of analysis. DAVID FRENCH I don’t feel remorse for advocating that America topple Saddam Hussein. I don’t feel remorse that Americans also fought long and hard to defeat the subsequent…

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