The forum remains Law & Liberty’s most important discussion space for the trends that shape law, politics and culture. Here are the five most-read discussions of the year:
1) The Strange Rise of Bourgeois Bolshevism, by Nathan Pinkoski
We should ponder the fate of American socialism: it deepens individualism and statism, and is not the rival but the patsy of state capitalism. It does not defend itself, but serves leadership liberalism. American socialism is neither a Marxist socialism nor a Marxism, but it parodies their shortcomings.
With replies from Susan McWilliams Barndt, Emina Melonic, and James Poulos.
2) Remembering the War, by Paul D. Miller
World War II began when pre-existing national grievances met economic catastrophe, which in turn led to ideological radicalization, the emergence of nationalism and authoritarianism, and ultimately international aggression – all made possible by the vacuum of global leadership by liberal powers. What lessons should we remember after seventy-five years in the shadow of World War II?
With answers from Daniel McCarthy, Gregory Schneider, Titus Techera, and Mark Tooley.
3) Can We Fix the Right One ?, Posted by Gerald Russello
Conservatives should focus on how Americans actually live today and what economic and political arrangements make the most sense today. The current conservative bias has an opponent in progressivism, but its proponents are actually American too. Conservatives as Americans must rediscover common ground. People are naturally drawn to tradition and continuity. Any conservative patchwork should include all who recognize this common human drive.
With replies from Lee Edwards, David B. Frisk, and Andy Smarick.
4) Wartime Courtesy, by Elizabeth Corey
Courtesy is not much valued in our revolutionary climate because it is a deeply traditional practice. Courtesy in the highest sense could even be charity and a willingness to sacrifice for him. At the very least, courtesy requires that we are willing to listen, reflect, be led to new positions, benefit from the doubt, be selfless, put others first.
With answers from Paul W. Ludwig, Lee Trepanier, and Scott Yenor.
5) American Workers Don’t Need Unions, by Richard Epstein
The renewed debate on the worth of the unions on the right forgets some hard-won truths. Deregulation, lower tax burdens, more competition and greater choice lead to increases in productivity, just as the working people need. not the promise of greater union formation that will slow growth in the future, as it has in the past. With answers from Samuel Hammond, Michael Lind and Mark Pulliam.