Review: Bradley Birzer’s Russell Kirk biography invites us to reconsider conservatism

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PowerLinks 10.17.18

Economic freedom and press freedom tend to go together Greek Liberties Monitor, A free press is one of the bulwarks of a modern, democratic society. American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson famously preferred newspapers without a government to government without newspapers. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.16.18

Politics as the New Religion for Progressive Democrats Emma Green, The Atlantic Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating to causes, going to rallies, and expressing opinions online, among other activities. Continue Reading...

How the populist moment can become the liberty moment

Since the War of Independence, the American self-image has set individual liberty against oligarchic power. Abraham Lincoln encapsulated this when he described the American experiment as a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Perhaps it was inevitable that populism, in the form of the People’s Party, was born on U.S. Continue Reading...

Understanding Bolsonaro

When Jair Messias Bolsonaro walked into TV Cultura’s studio in July, no one had any idea of ​​the political tsunami that would engulf Brazil 90 days later. The “Roda Viva” is the oldest talk show on Brazilian television; a group of eight journalists sit on a wheel-shaped bench and in the center lies the interviewee. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.15.18

A global tipping point: Half the world is now middle class or wealthier Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel, Brookings Institute By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 percent of the world’s population, or some 3.8 billion people, live in households with enough discretionary expenditure to be considered “middle class” or “rich.” Should we be working less? Continue Reading...