Articles by Ramesh Ponnuru

The Issue That Didn't Bark

Amazingly enough, Social Security reform doesn't seem to be inflicting any political damage on Republicans this fall. Imagine that someone had told you in December 2004 that President Bush would spend the first half of the next year campaigning for... Read More

The New Investor Class and Its Critics

Most Republican strategists -- and certainly the ones at the White House and the Republican National Committee -- believe that the growth of the investor class is pulling American politics toward the free-market right and will continue to do so.... Read More

Investing in Alternatives

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said that while she opposed creating personal investment accounts within Social Security, she was interested in creating such accounts outside the program. Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reporte Read More

Learning From Teratomas, II

Yesterday, I wrote about two proposals for research that might yield the same benefits as embryo-destructive stem-cell research, but without the embryo destruction. Two Columbia University scientists suggested that it might be possible to figure out which frozen e Read More

The Wisdom of a 'Creepy Solution'

A friend of mine who has worked in prepping many political candidates for debates says that he always tells them to think, first of all, about whether there is any truth to a point their opponent has made. That... Read More

Delusions of Moderation

Elizabeth Whelan and Henry Miller present themselves as the voice of sweet reason on embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR) in a recent TCS piece. They reject the hyperbole of both sides of the contentious debate. Unlike some other proponents of... Read More

Buchanan Mellows

Has Patrick Buchanan come back to the fold of mainstream American conservatism? His new book, Where the Right Went Wrong, would almost make you think so. He covers the themes of his previous three books -- The Great Betrayal,... Read More

Hyping Stem-Cell Politics

The campaign for expanded federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research isn't just hyping the possibility of finding cures for terrible diseases. It's also hyping the electoral benefits for politicians who sign on. The chief instrument of hype has been... Read More

The Market's Neglected Virtues

The liberal economist Rebecca Blank and the conservative journalist William McGurn return to a familiar question in a new volume from the Brookings Institution and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Is the Market Moral? The question... Read More

The Opportunities of Freedom

Ronald Reagan's great contribution to American conservatism was to shift its emphasis from the dangers of action to the opportunities of freedom. Reagan's optimism has been much though vaguely praised this week. But conservatives could stand to think about... Read More

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