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Busing Created the Tea Party

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This fundamentally conservative adage has haunted efforts to break down racial barriers to public education in America. When impatience with the slow pace of school desegregation reached its peak in the

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Posted in Civil Rights

Marijuana legalization in Texas

A committee in the Texas Legislature just took a remarkable step toward the legalization of marijuana in Texas. Procedural obstacles unique to the Texas Legislature mean that a bill allowing full legalization will not likely make it to a vote

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Posted in Drug War, Texas

When whacko birds come home to roost

People have learned to assume that a Republican candidate is winking when he speaks on certain subjects. No, Jeb Bush is not actually going to repeal the minimum wage. He is not going to roll back equal rights for gay

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Posted in Election 2016

Surprise: Slashing Governing Income Slashes Government Income

It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans were genuinely the party of fiscal responsibility. Ronald Reagan, who presumably now occupies a throne at the right hand of The Lord, raised taxes eleven times over the course of his Presidency. Why

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Posted in Economics, Taxes, Tea Party

The outcome of the GOP “Civil War”

After last night’s round of primaries, David Frum issued the definitive statement on the GOP’s short and largely meaningless civil war. His tweet: Post-primary GOP deal: donors choose the candidates; Tea Party writes their message. Texas and a few other

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Posted in Republican Party

Local regulation and the politics of social conservatism

Time has a story on the impact of state and local regulations on market innovators like Tesla, Uber and Airbnb. There’s an opportunity here for Republicans, but it’s an opportunity we are unlikely to seize. From the article: Airbnb, a

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Posted in Economics, Political Theory, Religious Right, Uncategorized

Notes from a Libertarian Paradise

Imagine a place where government plays a negligible role in public life. Taxes are almost non-existent. Businesses operate free from the burden of regulation or bureaucracy. People lean on each other to establish and enforce standards of public behavior. Imagine

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Posted in Economics, Libertarian

Republicans are haunted by The Stockman Effect

Sen. John Cornyn has built a successful career surfing the fickle tides of the far right nutjob fringe. That’s a remarkable challenge for a polished, well-educated, relatively sane guy who has seen a lot of the world. Cornyn’s talents were

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Republican Party, Tea Party, Texas, Uncategorized

Where the Crazy May Be Coming From

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke Our politics is getting weird.  We’ve always struggled against opportunism and corruption and lying.  But the fresh rise of what can only fairly be described as “crazy” is

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Posted in Political Theory, Tea Party

How Fundamentalists and Libertarians Buried the Hatchet

Rand Paul is an unlikely fundamentalist hero.  He was a rebel in his days at deeply religious Baylor University, apparently forming some sort of half-sarcastic, anti-religious student group.  He’s a libertarian who quotes Ayn Rand and hasn’t denied his past

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Posted in Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Religious Right, Republican Party, Tea Party
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