The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Vivek Subramanyam

Vivek Subramanyam

Vivek grew up in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor concentration in Economics from Denison University in Granville, OH. He is a prolific writer and commentator, championing principled conservative causes and sound political strategy. He is a student of martial arts, a skier in the winter, SCUBA Diver in the summer, and served as a Classic Rock disk jockey for Denison’s renowned radio station. He also loves video gaming, but his favorite game of all is the Game of Thrones. You can find him on twitter @vdizzle129.

Articles From Vivek

The Circular Futility of ‘Check Your Privilege’

check your privilege

The year 2014 has been a big one for critical theories and modern social justice movements — feminism, LGBT rights, etc. — at least in terms of gaining Internet traction, and a big part of that has been the ‘check your privilege’ campaign.

 

End the RINO hunt: Why it’s time to stop engaging in ideological purity tests

GOP elephant logo

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor,” according to an unsourced quote from Ronald Reagan. And it’s time that the Right remembers that principle.

Rep. Thomas Massie criticizes GOP establishment for making Congressional freshmen into “zombies”

Thomas Massie

When new Republicans get elected to Congress, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has one goal for when they arrive: Get to them before the GOP establishment makes them into “zombies.”

Is ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ a political statement?

The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which is still playing in theaters everywhere, has become an item of controversy among critics, on both sides of the aisle. The Left argues that the film glorifies Wall Street corruption, while the Right decries the movie for painting wealth in a negative light.

But is the movie a political statement for either side?

Cato immigration expert refutes popular reasons against immigration reform

Alex Nowrasteh

At his talk at the International Students for Liberty Conference, Alex Nowrasteh — an immigration policy expert at the Cato Institute — talked to young libertarians about America’s immigration problem and why it needs to be changed. He voiced some of the biggest reasons against immigration reform and explained why they are wrong and misguided.

Here were two of the biggest arguments against immigration reform.

Tough talk: Edward Hudgins says struggling GOP must evolve on immigration, embrace Tea Party

Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins, a senior scholar at The Atlas Society, pulled no punches addressing the real problems faced by the Republican Party. His refreshing candor and substantive speech at the International Students for Liberty Conference highlighted the GOP’s dwindling base and out-of-touch messaging in the wake of the Left’s brazen victory to reelect President Obama in 2012.

He advocated that for future GOP victories, Republicans need to include the Tea Party, push social issues aside, and reform its immigration position.

A sobering breakdown of the effects of Obamacare in swing states

States like Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida that will play an essential role in deciding the future of the nation on Tuesday should be aware of the potentially inevitable consequences of their vote on the basis of the issue of health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka “Obamacare”), the healthcare law that is arguably Barack Obama’s single worst and yet biggest accomplishment as President of the United States, will have disastrous effects on many of the very states that he is desperately hoping to win in order to stay in office. From higher premiums to providers refusing to accept Medicare patients, swing state voters should do their homework before casting their votes.

Obama’s Biggest Energy Gaffe Overshadowed by Romney “Binder” Comment

Thanks to a torrential maelstrom of jokes on Twitter persisting all throughout the next day, far too many people only remember Romney’s “binders full of women” hiring comment following Tuesday night’s highly contentious debate.

Unfortunately, what has seemingly gone unseen is one of President Obama’s most economically ignorant, logically fallacious, and intellectually offensive remarks he has made as of yet – his contention that high gas prices means a strengthening economy.

The False Standard for Political Flip-Floppers

It is utterly unreasonable to assume that if you are a politician and someone heard your opinion on a complex issue, you are now under the obligation to carry that opinion for the rest of your life, even if you learned new information that invalidates it. Voters are so enamored by the idea of a decisive, confident and conviction-holding leader, that they coined the cute term “flip-flopper” to denounce any politician that might even slightly waver in his/her beliefs over time.

But even the most politically astute and deeply convicted among us are entitled to change their minds – conservative hero Ronald Reagan was once a New Deal-endorsing Democrat.

Voting on principle is not legislative ‘obstruction’

If there is one issue that gets awkwardly danced around by Republicans due to the fact that it is considered a political minefield, it’s legislative obstruction. You hear it all the time from liberals: Republican = Party of No, the Naysayers, the Do Nothing Congress –  the list of uninteresting names goes on and on.

No one likes an obstructionist and there’s a rightfully harsh stigma attached to the name. When accused of obstructionism Republicans will deny it to their grave. However, it must be said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with blocking legislation on principle.