The True Tragedy of Paul Ryan

JOHN WOOD, JR., THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN He didn’t ask for the Speakership. And unlike many ambitious politicians who coyly deny their interest in the presidency or other high offices while they quietly lay the ground-work for their predictable runs, Paul Ryan’s actions preceding his elevation to the highest legislative office in the land suggests clearly …

The Rubin Revolution

JOHN WOOD, JR., THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN We live in a time of pernicious political fragmentation. Though our democracy was always subject to the excesses of partisanship it is not hard to argue that it was easier for Americans to arrive at points of common understanding in times gone by than it is today. We remember …

School Choice: More Than Doctrine & Prayer

DANIEL BUCK, THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN School choice is misrepresented. According to Mother Jones, Betsy Devos’ push for school choice is grounded in the indoctrination of students into religious conservatism. To many, the only reason in support of School Choice is based in a religious dogmatism in which parents shun the secular worldview of public school …

Sam Harris, Mark Lilla, and Identity Politics

JOHN WOOD, THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN What exactly is the problem with identity politics? Is it an unequivocal negative in our political and intellectual society? Or is it a mode of engagement that serves a positive purpose when kept within its proper bounds? Recently, famed author, public intellectual and neuroscientist Sam Harris hosted Professor Mark Lilla, …

Immigration is Key to America’s Success

DONNA NIELSON MURPHY, BETTER ANGELS ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN BETTER ANGELS A man decided to purchase some tilapia to breed and stock a pond on his Florida property, according to a true story by author Harry Palmer. He went to a supplier, who took him to a muddy brown pond out back. “I’ll get you some …

Immigration and the American Family

APRIL LAWSON, BETTER ANGELS ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN BETTER ANGELS American politics today is a battle over solidarity. What we ask of the nation is that it recognize and respond to our particular experience, our particular suffering. Immigrants ask for our solidarity, as do their ostensible political opponents, the white working class. The difficult truth is …

Immigration Economics, By the Numbers

SONJAY SINGH, PUSHING FORWARD ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON BETTER ANGELS Economics of Immigration The immigration debate often turns into a moralistic argument, with those on the left arguing for the expansion of amnesty and increased immigration quotas based on an idea of the right of movement and an obligation to provide sanctuary. Similarly, the argument from …

Some Sort of Synthesis

LUKE PHILLIPS, THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN BETTER ANGELS A lot of hay was made over President Trump’s order rescinding President Obama’s DACA order, some of it useful, much of it excessively passionate. But then, it’s an issue that elicits the greatest of passions. I recently read some of Kevin Starr’s writing on identity …

Reducing Immigration is Good for Americans of Color

FAIROOZ ADAMS, THE MILLENNIAL REPUBLICAN A VERSION OF THIS APPEARED ON BETTER ANGELS Would conditions be better for American racial minorities if immigration were to be restricted? In Grand New Party, Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam argue that there were several reasons why there was a high degree of social cohesion and interpersonal trust in …

DACA is Part of the American Dream

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN BETTER ANGELS The often-vitriolic immigration debate has reared its horned head again with the recent announcement from the White House that President Trump would rescind President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. Talking heads have surfaced to talk about the need for DACA (from the left) …