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 …

Thoughts on the GOP’s Tax Bill

Heberto Limas-Villers, The Millennial Republican Just recently, congressional Republicans just delivered their tax reform proposal after months of intense debate and consolidation. This bill was and remains crucial for the Republicans after embarrassing defeats in Alabama and November. It was also met with extreme controversy as Republicans reduced top income taxes and corporate taxes to …

Make or Break: Republican Tax Reform

Brandon Colligan, Pushing Forward There is little doubt that the American tax system is in need of serious reform. The U.S government is losing out on over $1 trillion in tax revenues abroad. Regaining that lost revenue is surprisingly an area of sustained bipartisanship in Congress. This might be the only thing that our Representatives, …

Gun Rights are Rights, Too

Jason Clower, Pushing Forward This conversation would be easier if it were about sex. I would propose to my fellow liberals that we get serious about rape culture through simple, commonsense regulations: No one could take a new sex partner without a background check and a 10-day waiting period, with a limit of one new …

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 …