Redeeming the Miracle
More than any book published so far in this century, Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West deserves to be called a conservative classic.
The Lure of Outsiderism
Across society, people with roles to play inside institutions instead see those institutions as platforms for them to perform on, and the performance they offer up is generally a morality play about their own marginalization. As a result, too often no one claims ownership of the institutions of our society, and so no one accepts responsibility for them.
A New Health-Care Debate
A decentralizing and deregulatory approach to health policy offers a substantively and politically attractive path for Republicans. But whether it turns out to be more attractive than falling back into the role of pure critics of Democratic health reforms remains to be seen.
Remember the Deficit?
A new Congressional Budget Office report nicely summarizes what should be obvious to all: the Republican Congress and president do not seem to care about deficits or debt, and are not only failing to take steps to address the government’s poor fiscal situation but are taking steps likely to worsen it some.
VIDEO: Yuval Levin on Interpreting “The Numbers Behind the Opioid Crisis”
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin took part in a panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute to discuss “The Numbers Behind the Opioid Epidemic,” a report from the Joint Economic Committee’s Social Capital Project. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered keynote remarks, followed by the panel discussion that included Mr. Levin.
VIDEO: Yuval Levin on the Search for Solidarity in the Age of Trump
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin delivered a lecture at the Acton Institute titled “In Search of Solidarity in the Age of Trump.”
AUDIO: Yuval Levin on “Michael in the Morning” Podcast
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin appeared on the “Michael in the Morning” podcast with host Michael Graham on the Ricochet network. Mr. Levin discussed the Trump administration and our current “bonkers” political moment.
Another Warning Sign
A White House dealing with an intense crisis needs to rely on established patterns of mutual trust and respect and familiar procedures for handling and channeling information, putting options before the president, and keeping things calm and organized. More than a year in, President Trump’s White House lacks almost all of that.
To note the deep dysfunction of the Trump administration is to insist that we should be careful not to get used to the unacceptable, and that some problems run much deeper than policy.
American Journalism as an Institution
Journalism faces a crisis of public confidence, a crisis of integrity and trust. While complaints about the media naturally fall into the grooves of popular rejection of elite authority, they often have at least as much to do with skepticism about the integrity of the mainstream media as with its power.