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Populism: How should economic policy respond? | IN 60 SECONDS

Populism: How should economic policy respond? | IN 60 SECONDS

In this populist moment, conservatives
should champion and renew their basic values, principles, and priorities, and the
economic policies that flow from them. These commitments advance a particular
vision of society in which free markets reward individual initiative, public
policy advances opportunity, and energy and dynamism characterize our economic
lives. It’s a society that demands personal responsibility, self-reliance,
and self-discipline, but also recognizes human imperfection and uncertainty, and
therefore allows no one to fall too far. And it’s a society in which mediating
institutions, most especially the family, are strong and vibrant. Specifically,
conservatives should not retreat from their long-held policy views on the
importance of economic growth, free trade, entitlement reform, and friendliness to
immigrants. But conservatives should also update their agenda to address low rates
of workforce participation, sluggish wage growth, a health care sector in need of
reform, failing schools, and much more. Conservatives should remember that
limited, energetic government has a positive role to play in a properly
ordered society, empowering individuals to earn their own success, to realize
their potential, and lead lives of dignity. How do you think economic
policy should respond to populism? Let us know in your comments. Also, let us know
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14 comments on “Populism: How should economic policy respond? | IN 60 SECONDS

  1. Less government, more freedom. That's always the best answer. We're heading in the right direction, but if don't get entitlement spending under control then we're still in big trouble.

  2. If you don't like populism then stop being despicable hypocrites every time you hold power. The entire reason why populism has taken a meteoric rise is because you people have done exactly nothing to counter the systemic cronyism that dominates the body politic.

  3. Down voted because of Ronald Regan image. The president who trashed the community hospital system sending thousands of mentally ill people into the streets and then declared those people who are on the streets are there because "..they want to be..". He also scuttled the Fairness In Broadcasting Doctrine that exhorted broadcasters to "broadcast int the public interest". We can see the results of that pathetic decision today in most all news media. The president who would not address the AIDS health crisis in a timely manner. The president who was the first to bail out big banks during the S and L crisis. What a neocon jackass!!

  4. This is fairly poor presentation, lacking almost all substance, and mostly talking in generalities. It basically says, stick to your guns. The paper actually has a portion that addresses positive changes that are an alternative to the populist policies.

  5. Conservatism doesn't demand personal responsibility, personal reliance, and self discipline for conservatives though. It very deliberately forces those obligations down onto the very poorest and least well off, while the rich who benefit from that system snuggle up with the government, ignore all three, and use the protection of the government they've bought to shield them from consequences. How many decades did you think you could keep doing that for before people finally got tired of your shit?

  6. Cut off almost all immigration, and develop our country into an economic-nationalist superpower. Free trade is sold as a lie, in reality it’s “undermining competition in America trade”

  7. The government isn't a charity….. Stop putting idiots on that tell us we should be forcibly stripped of wealth so people who deserve nothing can live well.

  8. The open borders policy is incompatible with conservatism, and is a completely distinct issue from the free market in goods, with which it should not be conflated. The idea comes from radical Whigs and Communists. All thinking conservatives should oppose it.

  9. AEI…. Just as bad as PNAC To destroy America to make USA weak beyond measure to prepare for teh new world order to destroy national borders except for israel as only israel deserve their borders and all muslims are pushed out of the middle east because jews say muslims have no culture worth to mention….. yeah jewish ideology…. Just call AEI the new head of the KKK

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