Entries by Derek Monson

Rule of law or ‘rule of feelings’?

“Aristotle, Livy and Harrington … define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” -John Adams, Novanglus 7 (later incorporated into the Massachusetts Constitution) This republican ideal has been one of the foundations of American freedom and the American identity since the founding of the nation. We are not a country […]

Conservative environmentalism

This week Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Obama to “strongly urge [him] to not use unilateral executive authority to designate a national monument in Utah.” What Governor Herbert is really asking President Obama to do is avoid the damage done to the environment, the economy, community and freedom by the progressive […]

Intolerance and the Boy Scouts’ new policy

In response to the Boy Scouts National Executive Board vote finalizing the decision to allow openly gay leaders, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated that it was “deeply troubled” by the vote, in part because the new BSA policy “is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been […]

The ‘bigot’ tactic

Two weeks ago, I participated in a debate with someone from Equality Utah about religious liberty and public accommodations protections for LGBT individuals. After the moderator asked why they are pushing the public accommodations law, the other side opened by saying that he didn’t think a gay couple wanted “a homophobic florist, or cake baker, […]

Room to improve: Utah ranks 11th best for fiscal solvency

Utah has a well-earned reputation as one of the best-managed states in the nation. But according to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Utah is the 11th best state in the nation in terms of its fiscal health. These rankings were compiled after a researcher at the academic institution analyzed the financial statements of all 50 […]

And they’re off …

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, several articles were published by Politico portraying the future of cultural and social policy debates. Some are rather astounding, in that they proved – on the very day that same-sex marriage was made the law of the land – that conservative concern about the […]

Time for Americans to address poverty the right way

In recent years both conservatives and progressives have rightly increased their focus on poverty in America. On the left, they have been proposing the same old ideas to solve this problem: raising the minimum wage, expanding entitlements like Medicaid, and so on. And as usual, the progressives have it dead wrong. In part, this is […]

Tolerance and equality in a progressive liberal world

A recent Gallup social ideology poll reported that for the first time since its polling began in 1999, an equal portion of Americans identify as social liberals as identify as social conservatives. In part, this may be because younger generations are sympathetic to the criticism of the conservative social order from progressive liberal ideology: namely, […]