The Coming Political Realignment

Donald Trump has done something politically smart and substantively revolutionary. He is a Republican presidential candidate running against free trade and, effectively, free markets. By putting trade at the top of the conversation he elevates the issue on which Hillary Clinton is the most squirrelly, where her position reinforces the message that she will say […]

The Next Conservative Movement

After Trump’s demagoguery, Republicans can revitalize their party by offering bottom-up solutions suited to the diverse, dynamic society America has become

The American right is in crisis. This year’s presidential race, however it turns out, has revealed deep fissures in the Republican coalition. A third to a half of Republican voters in state after state have given their backing to Donald Trump, a divisive demagogue whose case for himself has essentially nothing to do with conservatism. The rest of the party has been left baffled—wondering what has happened to the Republicans and where American politics might be headed…

Republicans Look to Regain Youth Vote

By MATT LEMAS · Daily Trojan The USC Department of Political Science held its first “Political Conversations” event on Monday in the Von KleinSmid Center, hosted by Professor Robert Shrum with political consultant Alex Castellanos leading the discussion. Launched this year, “Political Conversations” is a series that brings together leading analysts of American politics to […]

Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

By James Hohmann This article was originally published on 4/4/2014 on the Politico website. Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential […]

National Affairs: A Conservative Vision of Government

Michael Gerson, former policy advisor and chief of speechwriting for President George W. Bush, is a Washington Post columnist. Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the last three Republican administrations. The past few years have put the size and role of government at center stage of our […]

We Can Be Great Again

by Gov. Jeb Bush
Newsmax Magazine

Today’s conservatives have spent the past several months nursing their wounds from the elections and focusing on deficits, sequestration, and tax policy. This is not misguided. The federal government spends too much, taxes too much, runs up too much debt, and tries to do way too much.

American Enterprise Institute Op-Ed: Republicans and Their Faulty Moral Arithmetic

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is thinking like a New Republican:

“Conservatives are fighting a losing battle of moral arithmetic. They hand an argument with virtually 100% public support—care for the vulnerable—to progressives, and focus instead on materialistic concerns and minority moral viewpoints.”

Santa Fe Institute Offers “Introduction to Complexity” Course

About the Course:

In this course you’ll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. The topics you’ll learn about include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology. There are no prerequisites. You don’t need a science or math background to take this introductory course; it simply requires an interest in the field and the willingness to participate in a hands-on approach to the subject.

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CNN Opinion: Sex, politics and the Obama administration

CNN contributor and political strategist Alex Castellanos’ latest column on thinking like a New Republican:

“Republican or Democrat, we would all like to see a new era of progress and prosperity for our country. We all hope this president will allow our economy to be as successful as his campaigns were. To that end, perhaps we should explore if there is another, more modern way to deal with our evolving challenges and their accumulated complexity.”

Commentary Article: How to Save the Republican Party

Michael Gerson and Peter Wehrner are thinking like New Republicans:

“The Republican Party is in trouble: In the wake of the presidential election, everybody has said so, and everybody is right. From there, however, a hundred paths diverge and a thousand voices have been heard. The relevant questions are these: How deep is the trouble? How much of it is self-inflicted and how much is a function of circumstance? Can the problem be repaired, and if so, by what means?”

The New Republican

by Alex Castellanos
Jan. 26, 2010

The National Review article where the New Republican discussion started:

Their party was out of ideas and out of office. It had grown preposterously out of touch, a caricature of economic irresponsibility and elite, Washington-dinner-party values. Then along came Bill Clinton to return Democrats to the political center and teach them how to win.

Governor Bobby Jindal’s Speech to the RNC Winter Meeting

Speech to the RNC
January 24, 2013

“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs…even as we invent new entitlement programs. We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: ‘Make Life Work’

Speech to AEI
February 5, 2013

“In Washington, over the past few weeks and months, our attention has been on cliffs, debt ceilings and budgets, on deadlines and negotiations. All of this is very important, as there is no substitute for getting our fiscal house in order. There is no greater moral imperative than to reduce the mountain of debt facing us, our children and theirs. The House Republican Majority stands ready for President Obama and his party to finally join us in our efforts to tackle the big problems facing America.”

How Do We Grow Our Economy?

We all want to grow America’s economy. President Obama does. New Republicans do. What’s the best way? President Obama wants to do it the old way. He believes in top-down growth: political and artificial growth directed by Washington. That’s why he’s borrowed and spent and driven our national debt up to $16+ trillion dollars and soaring.

OBDS GOVERNMENT

Look around. It is indisputable that big, old, slow, dumb, industrial age government has failed us. In today’s fast moving, complex, dynamic world, government of the industrial age is an anachronism. It doesn’t really govern much of anything, does it?

Survey data and New GOP Policy

So what does America think? Growing America’s economy, not Washington’s, must be the GOP agenda.  Here are parts of an economic growth and jobs agenda, to help New Republicans compete and win. Tax Cuts Stimulate Natural Economic Growth A New Republican believes the best way to grow the economy and create real jobs is naturally […]

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