3 Cheers for Alex Jones

If you don’t know who Alex Jones is, he’s what medical professionals would call “a nut job.” He’s a loon. He promotes conspiracy theories that people with tin foil hats think go too far.

Among other conspiracy theories, he is a 9/11 truther, thinks the Sandy Hook massacre was a false flag operation to push gun control (and maybe never even happened), promoted the pizzagate conspiracy that a DC pizzeria secretly operated a child sex ring with Hillary Clinton, believes the moon landings were faked, that a shadowy global organization (Illuminati?) secretly run things, and most famously, that the Pentagon is turning frogs gay. He has threatened to kill agents of the CIA, NSA, FBI, FEMA, or any other tentacle of the New World Oder that might try to stop him from telling the “truth.” Look it up. He really said those things.

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The Immorality of Taxes

Sally Kohn is a very liberal woman who gets paid to talk about politics on TV. She also has a history of making ridiculously false statements. Most are not worth taking the time to refute, but she recently wrote something that includes so much ignorance it is actually a useful demonstration in what not to do.

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Second and Third Order Effects

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – F. A. Hayek

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The American military is often perceived of as an institution with a simple mindset: see bad guy, blow up bad guy. Truth be told, American service members do little to counteract this impression with their often macabre humor. But throughout my stint in the Army, I was repeatedly reminded to consider second and third order effects. In other words, for any action we took, how would the enemy and Iraqi civilians respond, and what would be the response to that response? With many of their policies, this is a question liberals do not seem to have learned to ask.
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The Important Things in Life

“To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind.” ~ Edmund Burke

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This may seem like a strange thing to write in a political blog, but we should all care less about politics. Conservatives often talk about our desire for limited government and why that is important, but that is still placing the focus on government. In a conservative utopia, the vast majority of Americans would go about their day barely thinking about the government because it has a minimal impact on their lives. Ah, to dream.

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American Exceptionalism

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.” ― Margaret Thatcher
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American exceptionalism is a concept that is easy to misunderstand. When President Obama was asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, he famously responded “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” This is how many people understand that term, as just another expression of patriotism; that saying one believes in American exceptionalism is just a louder way for an American to say they are proud of their country. This is false.

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What Does it Mean to be a Conservative in America?

I have written about what conservatism is not, so I suppose it is time to write about what conservatism is. It is always a bit difficult to write about overarching ideologies when we are accustomed to think about policies in the here and now. Modern American conservatism has been a major political force in America for over half a century now, and while the principles assembled over the centuries endure, the policies change. When examining the philosophies behind conservatism it makes little sense to discuss the Conservative reaction to Obamacare in recent years or the conservative reaction to President Ford’s plan to whip inflation in the 1970s. With that in mind, I will instead discuss four enduring principles that are the foundation of modern conservatism.

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