Is Libertarianism Compatible with Conservatism?

At the beginning of this series on libertarianism and conservatism, I wrote that it’s hard to believe that I’ve called myself a libertarian for nearly half a decade. But in reality, I’ve held libertarian-ish views for a much longer time. Unfortunately, I spent years bouncing around the fringes of libertarianism, never quite sure how to…

War: True Conservatism’s Mortal Enemy

What do conservatives value? Ask a conservative today, and you’ll likely hear words like freedom, faith and family. But usually at the top of the list will be something like “a strong military” or “national defense.” Boiled down to their essence, these terms embody a single idea: war. Conservatives believe in war. They regard it…

Why Conservatives Should Stand Against Police Brutality

The rise in police brutality has been one of the biggest news stories of the past year. The fervor that began with the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has only escalated, and the nation’s police officers have come under increased scrutiny as reports of their violence have become more widely reported. One…

Confused Conservatives Stuck Between Rights and Utility

This week Ohio voters had the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana. The amendment, however, was a legitimately terrible law that, if approved, would not have merely legalized marijuana but would have also set up a monopoly on its production, approved its sale only through licensed distributors and denied marijuana…

Government Without the State: Morality in a Libertarian Society

Within conservative circles there is a specific stereotype of libertarians that repeatedly rises to the surface.  In 2013, conservative pundit Derek Hunter articulated this stereotype when he huffed, “Honestly, what does being a Libertarian mean beyond legalizing drugs (and) banging hookers…?” We have already addressed one of the issues Hunter raises, but his general opinion…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Conservative Arguments Against Immigration

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has garnered headlines – not to mention critics and supporters – with his inflammatory comments on immigration. Trump’s claim that immigration is an overwhelming burden on the American people has reignited the immigration debate, both what to do about it now and what policy to pursue for the future. It’s often…

Hopped Up on Government: How the Drug War Leads to the Nanny State

A few years ago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocated a city-wide ban on soft drinks over 16 ounces. The mayor and the city’s health department believed super-sized sodas to be a threat to the peoples’ health, but they also believed that people, given the choice, would slurp down ice cold Coca-Colas by the…

Libertarianism for Conservatives: A Primer

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” – Ronald Reagan It’s difficult for me to believe, but I have been a libertarian for nearly half a decade. That’s difficult to believe because, on the one hand, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long and, on the…

Conservatives, Your Country is Not What You Think It Is

Conservatives have a certain understanding of America. This vision was articulated most eloquently by Ronald Reagan, whose appeal to religious imagery like “the City on a Hill” sought to carve out for the United States a unique position in world history. Reagan’s rhetoric has been repeated by a succession of lesser politicians, all seeking to…

Liberals Take Issue With Constitutional Accuracy

Over the last couple of days I’ve been more actively engaged in Facebook conversations than I usually am. The story of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk I wrote about earlier this week, has elicited reactions on a couple of levels that I find interesting and worthy of discussing. Specifically I think the constitutional…

The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage: A Brief Analysis

Earlier today, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that homosexual couples have a constitutional right to marry. More specifically, the Court decided that states do not have the authority to make their own laws on this matter. I would really like to write a detailed analysis of this news but I just don’t…