Weekly Friday Posts

May 21, 2019

Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.”  But who are “the people”?  That might sound like a nonsensical question but—it turns out—there are a lot of presuppositions baked into the concept of “the people” and much of the divide between the Right and the Left begins here.  Identifying “the people” leads us to other important questions, such as: Who speaks on behalf of “the people”?  And what system of government or society can best repr...

June 1, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

There’s nothing quite so near and dear to the rhetoric of the Right as disparaging Big Government.  Whether it goes by the name of the deep state, the Military Industrial Complex, the Establishment, the Man, the Feds, the Illuminati, lobbyists, big corporations, PACs, the fou...

February 16, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

In Part 1 I defined a populist as one who believes there exists a common set of core concerns—a moral cause, if you will—held by a large, unaddressed, and marginalized part of the population. I concluded populism isn’t wrong so much as it is insufficient, like the cover of a book without the actual content of a more comprehensive worldview.

While populism can be infused with other worldviews—conservatism among the...

February 9, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

In Part 1 I defined a populist as one who believes there exists a common set of core concerns—a moral cause, if you will—held by a large, unaddressed, and marginalized part of the population. I concluded populism isn’t wrong so much as it is insufficient. Populism is like the cover of a book. It may look enticing enough from the outside to earn you approving nods by holding it in front of your face at Starbucks,...

February 2, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Have you ever heard someone refer to the results of an election as a win for “the people?” In any election there are people on both the winning and losing sides, so what exactly does it mean for “the people” to win? Does it mean that the results of the election will benefit the majority or that it will expand liberties or that it will encourage a certain cultural revival or economic stimulus?

Maybe.

But I think the...

January 19, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

This series began by observing the absurdities of North Korea’s official website, which claims:

“The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a genuine workers' state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests.”

We have come full circl...

January 12, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.” In Part 1 of this series I ended with two questions that must be answered before we can reasonably expect politicians to address the needs of “the people”: Namely, who, exactly, are “the people” (Part 2)? And who speaks on their behalf (Part 3)? Having addressed those questions in prior posts, we’re now in a better position to examine what system(s) of governmen...

January 5, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

We the People—Part 3 (Who Speaks for “The People?”)

Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.” In Part 1 of this series I ended with two questions that must be answered before we can reasonably expect politicians to address the needs of “the people”: Namely, who, exactly, are “the people”? And who speaks on their behalf? I attempted to answer that first question in Part 2. Now we’ll explore the second.

One...

December 29, 2017

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Opinion – Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.” In Part 1 of this series I ended with two questions that must be answered before we can reasonably expect politicians to address the needs of “the people”: Namely, who, exactly, are “the people”? And who speaks on their behalf? We’ll address the former question below and save the latter for the next post.

There is a curious knee-jerk impulse in America...

December 22, 2017

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

We the People—Part 1

Opinion – Several years ago—much to my delight—I stumbled upon the English version of the official website for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—more commonly referred to as “North Korea” since it isn’t exactly democratic, nor of the people, nor a republic, nor the entire Korean peninsula, but I digress. At first, I assumed it was a satire site, such as the popular DPRK News Service on...

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