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  • Two Cheers for Liberal Fideism
    by Aaron Sibarium on September 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    One defense of classical liberalism is what Friedrich Hayek called “the knowledge problem”—the idea that economic knowledge is too complex, too diffuse and maldistributed, for a central planner to aggregate. Markets solve this problem, Hayek claimed, by coordinating information across discrete, far-flung actors, thus achieving better outcomes than […]

  • Liberalism’s Visible Hands
    by Samuel Gregg on September 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    The “invisible hand,” understood as the processes by which people’s actions, undirected from the top down, indirectly realize growing aggregates of private individual goods, is presented by Adrian Vermeule as central to the “comprehensive metaphysical system” he calls “liberalism.” In Vermeule’s view, liberalism’s consistent failure to […]

  • The Common Good Will Out—Or Will It?
    by The Editors on September 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    2019 is, by any reckoning, a bad year for liberalism. This is not only so at the level of practice, or at the level of theory, but at the level of what liberals might call public reason. More people across the ideological landscape are distinguishing gaps between what they perceive is so and what basic...Read more about: The Common Good Will Out—Or […]

  • Matthew Peterson joins the Steve Deace Show 9.18.2019
    by Brigit Grimm on September 20, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Matthew J. Peterson is Vice President of Education at the Claremont Institute. In a recent feature on the theme, The American Mind published essays by Claremont Institute President Ryan P. Williams and TAM editors Matt Peterson and James Poulos, plus contributions by Daniel J. Mahoney, Mark Hemingway, and Gunnar Gundersen. This month, TAM offers […]

  • Bad Science Makes for Bad Government
    by David Randall on September 19, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    In 2018 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed its existing Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and established a new panel. Ex-CASAC member John Balmes took to The New York Times to argue that the new CASAC review of the EPA’s Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter is a tool to allow freer emissions of the... […]

  • A Republic, If You Can Found It
    by Edward J. Erler on September 17, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    The Law & Liberty website features what amounts to an attack on the American Founding by Professor Ted McAllister titled “Self-Rule is the Basis of American Nationalism… Not Natural Rights.” It is putatively a response to Steve Hayward’s Liberty Forum essay on nationalism, but fails to grasp the essence of Hayward’s argument. I will leave... […]

  • Our Constitutional Order Prioritizes Justice, Not Procedure
    by Josh Hammer on September 17, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    The intramural dialogue between the New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari and National Review’s David French continues to unfold. Some may wonder when it will end—but there is no more important intellectual debate in all of contemporary political discourse, and it is crucial that we all grasp the stakes. There is much to be said about...Read more about: […]

  • Sohrab Ahmari, David French, and Charles Kesler Debate at Notre Dame 9.13.2019
    by Spencer Klavan on September 17, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Charles Kesler is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and the Dengler-Dykema distinguished professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He joined Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post, and French, senior writer for National Review, in their spirited discussion about the future of the Right. […]

  • Genealogy of Cuckery
    by James Poulos on September 13, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    The value of the Sohrab Ahmari-David French saga is in what’s unearthed by the reactions it kicks up. Example: National Review Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger’s takeaway is “there’s nothing fancy or philosophical here: It’s just that David won’t bow to Trump and Trumpism, and that is what cannot be borne and must be punished.” We...Read more […]

  • Sohrab Ahmari debates David French 9.5.2019
    by Spencer Klavan on September 13, 2019 at 2:00 AM

    The debate, moderated by IHE Fellow and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, was the latest in a spirited and ongoing discussion about how the Right should respond to the present cultural crisis. In a recent feature on the theme, The American Mind published essays by Claremont Institute President Ryan P. Williams and TAM editors Matt Peterson and... […]