Conservatism

Cliven Bundy argues that slavery, not segregation, was truly the golden age for "the negroes."

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George Will, Tea Party Tory

America's most famous bow-tied conservative finds his wild side

America's most famous bow-tied conservative has found his wild side. 

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In The New York Times on Sunday, Amy Harmon has a long, fascinating, and superbly researched piece about the fight over genetically engineered crops in Hawaii. Harmon follows the journey of a Hawaii county councilman named Greggor Ilagan as he navigates his colleagues and a liberal constituency that are both strongly opposed to the genetic engineering of food.

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"Corporatism" is the Latest Hysterical Right-Wing Accusation

The secret history of a smear

When conservatives accuse Obama of coddling big business, check your wallet

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Monday marked the first night of Megyn Kelly's Fox News Channel program, "The Kelly File," which aired at 9 p.m. in Sean Hannity's old slot. Kelly has become an increasingly big star over the past several years, appearing during the day as a host, and at night as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" and other shows. The question leading up to the premiere was whether Kelly would become more opinionated and start to ape Bill O'Reilly and Hannity, or whether she would take the typical Fox News daytime line, which can be defined as passively conservative.

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Jay Leno, Right-Wing Hack

The Tonight Show host's jokes about the shutdown are laughably bad

The government shutdown is obviously a ripe target for comedians, but who knew that Jay Leno would use the opportunity to make a bunch of jokes that were both unfunny and imbued with right-wing populism? (The former was perhaps predictable.) The gist of his monologues this week was essentially as follows: both parties are to blame for the shutdown, Washington is a horrible swamp, politicians are terrible, and oh, by the way, the government doesn't do anything anyway, and thus this whole shtudown thing is not so bad.

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Margaret Thatcher's Unintended Legacies

She wanted a conservative, middle-class England. She delivered anything but.

She wanted a return to a conservative, middle-class England. The country she created is anything but.

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Naturalists like to argue about taxonomy. Does the Australian bird-eating spider belong to the genus Phlogius or Selenocosmia? Similarly, political columnists and would-be historians like myself like to argue about what identifies the genus “neoconservative.” I don’t have an answer, but I have an observation based on several things written about or by neoconservatives.

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Charles Fried remembers the towering American philsopher, who died last week.

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Eric Cantor's Bold New Vision for America: No Medical Device Tax

His speech at the American Enterprise Institute was hardly what the press promised

His speech at the American Enterprise Institute was hardly what the press promised.

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