Episode 185: Everything in Moderation

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Make Conservatism Moderate Again
Dalibor Rohac

Good evening, listeners! We have another great episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous speaks with Dalibor Rohac about growing ideological tension on the right side of the political spectrum.

Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a regular columnist for The American Interest.

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Published on: November 14, 2017
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  • FriendlyGoat

    Moderation in conservative politics means that when people vote for conservative candidates by margins of 51, 52, 53, 54, 55%, then the country has a right to expect government that is 51, 52, 53, 54, 55% conservative—–but nothing more. Our problem of recent years is that our conservatives are “talking down” to all voters on mere hot-button issues, not honestly explaining ANYTHING in requisite detail on real issues, and then attempting winner-take-all at 100% of anything they can get away with. For instance, where the heck were the details (details) of the present debate on tax “reform” before last year’s election? Why wasn’t the election about “Do you want THIS fiscal policy or not?”

    We all know the answer. Conservatives have devolved to sound-bite lying and will probably never be or do anything else. This is the reason to reject them.

  • Joe Eagar

    Radicals have no plans? That’s just not true. Our plan is to raise the value of unskilled labor via immigration restrictions, offsetting the inflationary impact with tight fiscal policy.

    Some people want trade protections but there’s less policy agreement on that.

  • Joe Eagar

    I also take great offense at the notion that things are working. How you can look at e.g. suicide rates and life prospects in the US and come to that conclusion is beyond me.

  • Joe Eagar

    There is a point where worshipping the status quo turns into crude human sacrifice. You see this in a lot of Silicon Valley types.

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