The debate between Hamiltonian federalists and Jacksonian decentralization has raged throughout American history. Their philosophical debate -- a debate weighing the necessity of government action versus the prevention of government abuses -- continues today in these pages.

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The Beltway Party, Left and Right, vs. Rand Paul

In case you hadn’t noticed, the DC political class is lining up against U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Indeed, the left and right wings of what might be called the Beltway Party have jointly decided that Paul is unacceptable: He and his liberty-minded, live-and-let-live constitutionalist views are a threat to both of those wings. Mar 23, 2014 12:56 PM PT

If You Think Being Ruled by Obama Is Bad, Try Being Ruled by the Chinese

Camille Paglia, the liberal-conservative lesbian who adores men, observed recently that nations must never neglect their basic strengths and survival skills. As she put it, “The earth is littered with the ruins of empires that believed they were eternal.” Perhaps she was thinking of the United States; this is, after all, a time when the gap between our towering international presumption is being undermined by our crumbling domestic reality. Dec 28, 2013 5:57 PM PT

The Gettysburg Address—Annotated

Yes, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address deserves to be remembered as one of the great masterpieces of political persuasion. But it also deserves to be remembered in the context of its time—as an agenda for military, political, and economic action. Nov 19, 2013 2:16 PM PT

The Two Kinds of Libertarianism: Calhounian and Heinleinian

Today in America, we see two kinds of libertarianism, which we might call “Calhounian” and “Heinleinian.” Both kinds believe in freedom, but they are very different in their emphasis—and in their politics. Nov 16, 2013 11:03 AM PT

Steve Jobs and the Third Wave: 'Jobs' Reminds Us of the Limits of Techno-Determinism

Jobs, the new movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, has received middling reviews from the critics, yet it’s still a worthy and important film. Why is that? Because the events depicted in the movie--events that make Jobs look technologically brilliant and commercially visionary, professionally ruthless and personally nasty--were all part of perhaps the most important worldwide narrative of the 20th century: the coming of the Information Age. Aug 15, 2013 12:47 PM PT

Elysium: Hollywood's Familiar Nightmare, and the Enduring Technological Dream

The new movie Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, is more loaded with liberal politics than an Organizing For America fundraising pitch. It’s more loaded with liberalism than an Ivy League gender studies department. More loaded, even, than an MSNBC roundtable discussion.   Aug 8, 2013 1:15 PM PT

America 3.0 Still Means the Zeroing Out of America

The authors of America 3.0 apparently didn’t like my assessment of their book--no sir, they didn’t like it, not one little bit. The point I made in that July 7 piece for Breitbart News was simple: You can’t advocate that America should radically devolve its national government and its international alliances and still remain a great power. Jul 14, 2013 1:56 PM PT

The New Book, America 3.0: Could a Balkanized America Defend Itself Against China? Iran? Anybody?

Yes, we need brave men and women on the ramparts of freedom. But as we have learned in all our wars, we also need a broad economic, technological, and industrial base to provide the winning support for our brave military fighters. Such support takes conscious effort. We can’t afford, therefore, to scrimp on military R&D. We can’t afford to short-shrift long-range planning. And we certainly can’t afford to outsource our factories for national security. Jul 7, 2013 12:07 PM PT

The Long Twilight Struggle of the 21st Century: We Can Give in, We Can Hide, We Can Fight, or We Can Leave

In the previous installment, we observed that Americans are going to find themselves in a “two-front war--a scary one at home, and a scarier one abroad.” That is, in an ongoing struggle against an intrusive and abusive government at home, and an equally ongoing struggle, covert and overt, against foreign foes, from Al Qaeda to Iran, from Cuba to China, from Russia to North Korea. Jun 24, 2013 2:54 PM PT

The Two-Front Forever War

So which should we be more afraid of? The US Government and its scandalous--even tyrannous--intrusions on our finances and privacy? Or foreign enemies with their explosives, cyber-weapons, and nukes? Jun 9, 2013 6:53 AM PT


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