John McCain and Edmund Burke

Jonathan Rauch argues that John McCain is a true conservative, in the mold of Edmund Burke–and that “movement” conservatives aren’t. Rauch starts with a nice precis of an aspect of Burke’s thought that influenced, among others, Freidrich von Hayek: Burke is the father of modern conservatism, and still its wisest oracle. Tradition-minded but (contrary to stereotype) far from reactionary, he believed in balancing individual rights … Continue reading John McCain and Edmund Burke

“I’m going down to Moe’s for a couple of beers.”

That’s what Bart Simpson told his family in “Homer v. the Eighteenth Amendment.” “I’ll go with you!” said Homer. Marge put a stop to it, and that was that—except, of course, that Bart’s drinking started a temperance campaign that led to prohibition. As the episode illustrates, things get complicated when the government gets involved. That’s perhaps the moral of this story of a University of … Continue reading “I’m going down to Moe’s for a couple of beers.”

Brigitte Bardot, Busted…

for writing a letter to a government official about matters of policy: In December 2006, Bardot wrote a letter to Sarkozy, then France’s Interior minister, to demand that Muslims anaesthesize their animals before slaughtering them. In her letter she said, referring to Muslims, that she is “fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing … Continue reading Brigitte Bardot, Busted…

Caroline Glick on the UN’s “Fear of Democracy”

Caroline Glick: The West stands by idly as its foundations are rent asunder. Last Friday the UN’s Human Rights Council took a direct swipe at freedom of expression. In a 32-0 vote, the council instructed its “expert on freedom of expression” to report to the council on all instances in which individuals “abuse” their freedom of speech by giving expression to racial or religious bias. … Continue reading Caroline Glick on the UN’s “Fear of Democracy”

Obama vs. Concealed Carry Laws

Many states have enacted concealed carry laws over the past decade. The result, in every case, has been a reduction in crime. The shootings over traffic accidents, backyard arguments, etc., that opponents warned us about haven’t happened. Barack Obama nevertheless repeats those arguments: “I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could … Continue reading Obama vs. Concealed Carry Laws

Profiles in Cowardice

Thomas Landen describes the hypocrisy and cowardice of European elites faced with works of art criticizing or mocking religion: Depicting Jesus sodomizing his apostles is not considered to be a “degradation of religious symbols” in Austria, but referring to the historic fact that Muhammad married a six-year old girl is “incitement to racial hatred.” People are facing prosecution and jail terms even for citing accepted … Continue reading Profiles in Cowardice

“Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

Flemming Rose proposes that we answer Osama Bin Laden’s latest with defiance. What should the response of Europe be? More cartoons or less cartoons? What kind of civilization are we, after all, if we refrain from mocking and ridiculing bin Laden and his followers? In related news, the Bangladeshi cartoonist who drew a cartoon about a cat, was convicted and sentenced to a one-month jail … Continue reading “Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

Pigs Fly!

And George McGovern has discovered the value of liberty and the limitations of government. Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society. Why do we think we are helping adult consumers by taking away their options? We … Continue reading Pigs Fly!