The Conservative Crusade Against Crony Capitalism Turns Out to Be Another Crusade Against the Safety Net
April 29, 2014
All of a sudden, Thomas Piketty has allies in the fight against "crony capitalism."
"Corporatism" is the Latest Hysterical Right-Wing Accusation
December 15, 2013
When conservatives accuse Obama of coddling big business, check your wallet
Why Don’t Libertarians Care About Ron Paul’s Bigoted Newsletters?
December 22, 2011
Nearly four years ago, on the eve of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, The New Republic published my expose of newsletters published by Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The contents of these newsletters can best be described as appalling.
Why Christie Is the New Giuliani
October 04, 2011
A little over four years ago, a pair of wealthy businessmen made a foray into presidential politics on behalf of a charismatic, tough-talking, blue state Republican. Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone volunteered his considerable talents as fundraising chair of the candidate’s leadership PAC, while hedge fund billionaire Paul E. Singer served as the campaign’s east coast chairman. Charmed by the politician’s law and order bona fides, pro-business conservatism, and swing state appeal, the two billionaires helped raise an impressive $60.9 million dollars for their candidate in 2007.
How To Decry The Victim Card While Simultaneously Playing It
August 23, 2011
Last week, Rick Perry described the national debt as a "big black cloud that hangs over America." MSNBC host Ed Schultz bizarrely characterized this as a racist metaphor for President Obama.
My Week at the National Conservative Student Conference
August 11, 2011
Day 1 The giant, disembodied heads of Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley glared down at me; they knew I was up to no good. It was the opening banquet of the National Conservative Student Conference, and I couldn’t even find a seat. I wandered through the crowd at the Hyatt Regency: flags, blue mood lighting, white tablecloths, white people, and bowties.
The Kochs And The Marketplace Of Ideas
May 10, 2011
The dismissal of the Koch brothers' absurd lawsuit against a satirist (who had created a fake news release purporting to be from the Kochs, endorsing legislation to fight climate change) highlights once more a defining aspect of their personality: they really don't like criticism. The mini-industry of conservatives and libertarians that has sprung up to defend the Kochs (against, to be sure, a mini industry of liberals assailing them) tells a story of the Kochs as shy, retiring intellectuals yearning only for high-level philosophical discussion in the free marketplace of ideas.
The Libertarian Purge
August 26, 2010
Brink Lindsey and Will Wilkinson are the two most prominent "liberaltarians" -- libertarians who believe they have more in common with liberals than conservatives. Both have just announced their departure from the libertarian Cato Institute. I haven't seen any hard data to prove they were purged. But this column by right wing-libertarian Tim Carney basically takes it as a given that they were purged, and argues they had it a-comin': [L]iberal-tarianism - it's not working out so well. That's certainly part of why Cato higher-ups were done buying what Lindsey was selling.
Wall Street Comes Home
February 04, 2010
In 2007 and 2008, Wall Street pooh-bahs, like most Americans, were disgusted with the Republican Party and looking for a change. Many of them donated to Barack Obama's presidential campaign -- which, after all, was advised by the same sort of people who had presided over the 1990s boom. In 2008 to 2009, the embrace actually tightened. The collapse of the financial industry briefly brought its interests into alignment with those of the economy as a whole -- preventing wholesale collapse required bailing out Wall Street.