Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

A Decentralized Politics

Power has become too concentrated in national parties.

The rise of Donald Trump and the visible chaos within the GOP presidential primaries have forced Republicans to engage in some deep soul-searching. Many limited-government conservatives, whatever their past frustrations with the GOP, feel their party slipping away from them. A world in which Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee seems to them to be a world in which there is no limited-government party in American politics. Without conservative leadership from the top, they fear, conservative governance seems impossible.

One response to the prospect of such a transformation of the party has been for Republicans in Congress to preempt the

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Bush Appreciated Thanks to Jay Nordlinger for his “43 and His Theme: A Visit with George W. Bush” (March 14). It’s a shame that Bush didn’t do more, rhetorically, to defend ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bernie Sanders’s campaign is fading, leaving his supporters red, white, and blue. ‐ It is neither a surprise nor an accident that the latest major Islamist terrorist attack to befall ...
The Long View

Final Bulletin

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WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW Frost from her breath on glass, Thin arteries made dark By a slow finger’s pass, Are the hand’s speech, and mark As something to be said Her waiting emptiness. She writes; behind ...


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