A few times a week, I receive emails from conservative news and commentary outlets asking me to support them as they “take on the culture war.”

This trend is a testament to the influence of Andrew Breitbart on the conservative commentary sphere, who astutely observed that “politics is downstream of culture.” Awakened to this reality, conservatives in influential positions are beginning to see the daunting task in front of them, given the left-wing chokehold over the major institutions of entertainment and education, and by extension the hearts and minds of young Americans.

But the culture war is not a new…


It Really Doesn’t Exploit Workers

It’s fairly common for those on the left to argue that under a free-market capitalist economy, corporations exploit workers by collecting profit. This is false.

On the contrary, in a system of natural rights where the rule of law is upheld, corporations are a perfectly justifiable mechanism for distributing ownership the ownership of capital in a way that benefits all stakeholders, including the workers.

(Indeed, it’s quite democratic: anyone can by a share of any public company and immediately become a “capitalist.” …


The United States of America was founded on an underlying bedrock of natural rights in accordance with the theory of natural law, but over time, its commitment to these fundamental principles has deteriorated. DNA investigatory techniques pioneered during the 20th Century have brought the U.S. to a crossroads in the 21st: Our generation must now decide if we will continue or reverse this hollowing out of our most sacred freedoms in the name of expediency. Because the compulsion of DNA profiling would directly violate the natural rights to liberty and freedom from government intrusion, I am resolved that, in order…


These days, the threat of the student loan crisis looms so large that anyone moderately involved in politics is aware of it. Total student debt in the United States is $1.6 trillion according to CNN in January of 2020. This surpasses automotive debt and credit card debt in the U.S. Worse, student loan debt is more difficult to discharge in bankruptcy filings than other forms of debt, meaning that you can literally go bankrupt and still be expected to pay your student loans.

It is for good reason, then, that the 2020 Democratic field writ large has vowed to take…


Everyone talks about how bad today’s politicians are. Everyone reminisces about days past when good men held office. Everyone complains that today’s ruling class are corrupt, self interested, and simple to boot.

But who is to blame? The United States is ruled by a representative government. In a very real sense, the government that rules over us is a reflection of the way we ourselves live. The government we elect will flow directly from what we value as a society. In a political age when the popular vote is held as the supreme good, it should not be then surprising…


Everyone hates taxes. Everyone who gets a paycheck, that is. There are few experiences as universally gut-wrenching as the disgust one feels when the government skims away income before it even sees a bank account. We know that the government has legitimate uses for our money, but, at the same time, we wish they could take less of it away from us. Fantastical as it might seem, a man named Art Laffer once proved how the government could do just that: take less of your money in taxes and still increase government revenue, and he did it using a napkin.


Generally speaking, the goal of a social movement is to a) raise awareness and b) change hearts and minds. In the case of the climate change movement, the first prong has already been accomplished. There isn’t a single person in America who unaware of the climate change debate, and most people have already formed some opinion on the subject. You’d would think that means it is time for the climate change movement to change tactics and focus on changing hearts and minds.

But apparently you would be wrong.

This weekend, climate protestors took the field during the Harvard–Yale football game…


The nerve center of the capitalist empire.

It is not hard to find an article on Medium exposing the evils of capitalism. A quick look at the “Economics” tag leads to a handful of stories to that effect. Search the word “capitalism” itself and almost every story will treat it in a negative light. I think it is fair to say that Medium writers aren’t satisfied with the economy as it works right now. (Umair Haque at Eudaimonia & Co. has a large collection of such pieces.)

Yet for all the literature on the subject, it seems like the Medium community has overlooked a key fact in…


The vile hatred and utter unreasonability of the left was put on full display over the last week. Of course there was the revivified attack on Justice Brett Kavanaugh published in the New York Times that, despite the blatant journalistic malpractice, fueled a new round of calls from pundits and presidential hopefuls alike to impeach. When the dust cleared from the initial publication, the unadulterated partisan maneuvering was revealed. Yet at least in the case of Kavanaugh, the target was one of great importance, and the stakes of enough significance to explain the Democrats’ urgency in unleashing such attacks. The…


Those that attempt to save the country by “saving the press” are making a grave mistake

I find it fascinating the words politicians use whenever they discuss media outlets. Politicians use terms like “free press” and “objective journalism” to defend institutions that treat them favorably, but then use language like “Fake News” or “hate speech” when referring to those outlets or platforms that are critical or disparaging. The left’s current round of pearl clutching about Trump’s “assault” on the media has spawned a new wave of cries for defense of the “free press.” Yet in truth Trump’s attacks seem little more than the criticism of the media on which he ran while he was a candidate…

Quintilian

I write about current events, politics, and economics from a conservative perspective. I value debate and discussion. Twitter: @M_Quintilian

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