Since the Republican Party's historic defeat in the 2008 elections, American conservatives have been seeking new ideas to rally around, new leaders to point the way forward. One year later, have they succeeded? Has President Obama's job performance helped or hurt their cause? Are the headline-grabbing "Tea Party" protests a sign of the GOP's weakness, or of its resurgent strength? And does Sarah Palin, whose hotly anticipated memoir debuts this week, have a political future? In a special series this week, Big Think poses these and other questions to four experts on "The Future of Conservatism."
The series kicks off today with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, whose FreedomWorks nonprofit has backed Tea Party protests across the nation since early 2009. In his Big Think interview, Armey castigated both sides of the aisle for failing the small-government principles he believes most Americans espouse. He also criticized the GOP for alienating Hispanic voters, accused both Bush and Obama for "bumbling" on foreign policy and economics, and drew on his early career as an economics professor to offer his own prescription for recovery.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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