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Ronald Reagan: Still remarkably relevant today

Thirty-five years ago today, on Nov. 13, 1979, Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States. Though a generation and a half have passed since then, in many respects his words and the circumstances … Continue reading

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Another angle on natural law

In our writings at Sutherland Institute we occasionally use the term “natural law,” referring to the common foundations of justice and fairness innate to each of us. An article in the Intercollegiate Review (excerpted from The Perspective of Love: Natural … Continue reading

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When the West is pushed, it turns right

Most people have heard by now that the locals out West are getting a little restless, as they have every other generation or so since the mid-19th century. What’s less clear is whether this restlessness reflects a new conservative political … Continue reading

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The pleasure-versus-pain calculation of modern morals – Mero Moment, 6/10/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Every year since 2001, the Gallup organization has surveyed Americans regarding the moral acceptability of 19 social issues. These social issues range from … Continue reading

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On Point video: views from Utah women in politics, 5/9/14

Watch as our panelists for this episode discuss Utah politics, divisions within conservatism, Benghazi, and the choices that women in politics must make. On the show this week: Aimee Newton, Salt Lake County Council member; Holly Richardson, “Holly on the … Continue reading

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Read with caution: Why ‘The Law’ lacks context for today’s readers

I read The Law by Frédéric Bastiat in 1977, when I was 19 years old and attending a small college in North Texas. The Law, along with other writings on liberty, had a profound effect on my intellectual development. Sutherland … Continue reading

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Behind the Legislative Scorecard – Mero Moment, 4/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. About 10 years ago, when Sutherland Institute made it a part of our mission to “constructively influence Utah’s decision makers,” we were very … Continue reading

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Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

SALT LAKE CITY – Sutherland Institute released today its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Using 17 pieces of legislation considered during the 2014 legislative session for the Senate and 18 for the House (not all bills overlap between chambers), Sutherland produced an … Continue reading

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Twice as good, half as well, never enough

Is it more important to stand on principle, or get while the getting is good? Is settling for half a loaf selling out, or a step in the right direction? Does mixing metaphors like concrete weigh prose down, or liberate … Continue reading

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Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries past, … Continue reading

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A vision of love and community

Here’s a great column in The Atlantic by Michael R. Strain on how love and community can save conservatism. Many on the right correctly emphasize individual liberty, but they do not emphasize what conservatism knows to be true: It is … Continue reading

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The right thing to do: conservatives and comprehensive immigration reform

As the The Huffington Post reported recently, immigration reform will be at the top of the post-inauguration agenda for Senate Democrats, emboldened by last week’s elections. It is also critical for conservative Republicans to stand behind this central American issue. … Continue reading

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Conservative ideas help balance conflicting interests in tax policy

One of the benefits for free society – for families, individuals, businesses, and others – that conservative principles and thinking provides is the possibility for balancing realities and principles that may seem to be in conflict, resembling the balancing act … Continue reading

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Mero: Why I am a conservative and not a libertarian

Below are the opening and closing remarks delivered by Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero Thursday during the 2012 Freedom Fest held in Las Vegas. He was part of a debate on the topic of whether LDS Church members (Mormons) should … Continue reading

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What Governor Walker’s recall victory means for Utah conservatives

Conservative policymakers are often pushed by advisers and insiders to avoid or abandon conservative policy positions because, the advisers and insiders argue, those policies will come back to haunt them in election season. Conservative voters, on the other hand, are … Continue reading

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