In Defense of the Singular ‘They’

by Chris McCaffery This essay was originally written for Dr. Daniel Coupland’s EDU 101: English Grammar course. Believers in strict proscription in grammatical construction advocate the use of he as the neuter singular pronoun. This is an imperfect attempt to make up for English’s lack of a natural neuter singular pronoun. When attempting to follow a proscribed rule and preserve the numerical consistency of pronoun … Continue reading In Defense of the Singular ‘They’

Conservative Pragmatism—Grounding Meaning in Pragmatics: A Conservative Take by Mike Pope

To many conservative idealists, few venoms paralyze the rational soul’s pursuit of truth more than pragmatism. Such a response is not without warrant, for the terms ‘pragmatism’ and ‘conservatism’ are frequently misused. Nevertheless, a more charitable reading of the pragmatist project and a thoroughgoing understanding of its trajectory enables a deepened grasp of conservative principle. Certainly, someone emphasizing pragmatics in politics will neither be labeled … Continue reading Conservative Pragmatism—Grounding Meaning in Pragmatics: A Conservative Take by Mike Pope

Conservatism and Unreasonable Optimism by Sam Ryskamp

“We must revive the fine tradition of conservative pessimism. In this age, optimism is for children and fools. And liberals.” – John Derbyshire In light of last fall’s elections, how optimistic should we be about America’s future? The melancholy state of the Republican Party has led many to associate optimism with liberalism, but the GOP is floundering precisely because we let go of the unreasonable … Continue reading Conservatism and Unreasonable Optimism by Sam Ryskamp

RINOs: The Endangered Brutes of America by Andy Reuss

In America there are animals of all shapes and sizes, from the tough, individualistic armadillos of Texas to the banal, dependent tuna off the Bay Area coast. Today, we will study the declining state of the rhino, that mighty beast once identified with strength and vigor that now bumbles its way into the obscurity of old age and, ultimately, extinction. We’ll see how its feeding … Continue reading RINOs: The Endangered Brutes of America by Andy Reuss