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Artificial Tribes

“Populism, which always wants the national government to solve local problems, is in vogue on left and right precisely because local institutions and civil society generally no longer do their jobs. “

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Isolating Blue States

It is a money decision.  Trump money-balled the electoral college and targeted just enough to win.  It is a poor investment to invest in races that are so overwhelmingly blue.  The result in the current scenario us that the most populous centers do not get a seat at the table and have little leverage to gain any. Thus the critical loss of the state tax deduction that hurts them disproportionately.  (now they have to argue that their wealthy taxpayers deserve a break.)

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Targeted Resentment

How the Democrats Lost the White Working Class– Book review of White Working Class by Joan Williams- reviewed by Joe Queenan in Barron’s: “The working class…has been asked to swallow a lot of economic pain, while elites have focused on…

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Dictators in Exile

From Daniel Greenfield at The Sultan Knish, The Elites are Revolting If you make tangible goods or have a mortgage, you are more likely to want borders and a nation. If on the other hand you deal largely in intangibles,…

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Muscular Votes

from The City Journal, Trump and the American Divide by Victor Davis Hanson: Yet if muscular work has seen a decline in its relative monetary worth, it has not necessarily lost its importance. After all, the elite in Washington and Menlo Park…

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We Need Better Elites

From Fay Vincent Jr. in The Wall Street Journal, Elite Is Not a Four-Letter Word: While the fine old word “elite” has become a pejorative, its official definition has not changed. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines elite as “a…

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Betrayed by Elites

from The Betrayal of the Intellectuals by Victor Davis Hanson So Beinart misses entirely what has angered the proverbial people about the so-called Washington–New York corridor’s political-media-academia elites. The people are not angry nativists opposing legal immigration, but they object to massive,…

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Gilded Progressives

from The Great Regression in The National Review by Victor Davis Hanson At the turn of the last century, “trust busters” of the progressive movement made the argument that the free market was imperiled by crony capitalists, who had, with…

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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 Understanding of Limits

One of the significant lessons of the 20th Century intellectual history is the limitation of great minds and ideas, the inability and failure of some of the brightest thinkers to comprehend the consequences of their grand ideas, designed with great…

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The Biggest Thinking Machine

From The National Review, Davos’s Destructive Elites-“None of us is as dumb as all of us” by Kevin D. Williamson Conservatives are generally inclined to make a moral case for limited government: that transfers are corrupting, that taxes should be…

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Elites with Good Intentions

“Despite the unending failures of statist economies from the Soviet Union to Eastern Europe, to North Korea, to Cuba, and so on, liberals hold on to the belief that intellectual elites with good intentions can direct human activities better than…

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A Detached Elite

Megan McArdle writes The New Mandarins in The Daily Beast, 2/21/13. Excerpt: All elites are good at rationalizing their eliteness, whether it’s meritocracy or “the divine right of kings.” The problem is the mandarin elite has some good arguments. They…

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Who Are The Elite?

The elite are criticized for being out of touch from the rest of us, but they are rarely defined.  I am guilty of criticizing ‘elitist’ policies. The Tea Party and other populist groups from both sides of the isle have…

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