Category Archives: Political History

Breaking Down the Narrative

Conservatism in the United States arrived at its alliance with libertarianism quite recently, by historical standards.  We forget that mainstream conservatives, such as Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower, weren’t particularly libertarian by today’s standards.  They accepted relatively high levels of taxation and government spending as a matter of course, so long as big portions […]

Liberty “or” Equality, or Liberty “and” Equality?

Among the most persistent narratives in modern politics is the idea that liberalism lost its way in the early 20th century, betrayed its roots and principles, and was supplanted by the welfare state philosophy that now bears its name. True liberals, as the narrative runs, decry the socialism of the New Deal, and keep the […]