Liberalism: Means and Ends

Yuval Levin: The other, and more common, view argues that liberal institutions were the result of a discovery of new political principles in the Enlightenment — principles that pointed toward new ideals and institutions, and toward an ideal society. Liberalism, in this view, is the pursuit of that ideal society. Thus one view understands liberalism…

“What’s the constitution among friends?”

Contemporary political cynicism is nothing new under the sun.  Here are some of the juicy bits from George Washington Plunkitt’s caustic and hilarious political rhetoric in The Curse of Civil Service Reform in 1903:  This civil service law is the biggest fraud of the age. It is the curse of the nation. There can’t be…

Quote of the Day

Matt Zwolinski on Rand Paul equating universal health care with slavery: [P]erhaps it’s inevitable that politicians are going to badly over-simplify moral arguments.  And I suppose that if I had to choose, I’d much rather have a Senator who over-simplified in the direction of Murray Rothbard than, for instance, whatever moral philosopher Al Franken is…