Diversity That Matters

Although many of my freedom-loving friends have swiftly and rightfully defended the upcoming bake sale organized by the Berkeley College Republicans in terms of free speech and meritocracy in education, several have simultaneously questioned the sale’s appropriateness and viability as a political tactic. Race-based satire, say these hesitant supporters, may fall entirely within the realm…

Opportunity is not Being in the Right Place, but Having the Preparation to Take Advantage of It.

Say what you will about the propriety of the Berkeley College Republicans’ “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” it did wonders for actually creating a dialogue on this politically monochrome campus.  The volunteers running the event were constantly interrupted in their duties by passersby who wanted to know more about the bake sale, the legislation the College…

More Than Just Brown

I would have never thought that Berkeley, a campus that prides itself on free speech, would have reacted that way it did to the bake sale. Even before the event took place, the Facebook event page was filled with comments threatening our members and threatening to shut down the event. However, it did not stop…

To Be a True Fiscal Conservative

The debt ceiling and downgrade debacle evidenced the dysfunctional nature of our national politics. It also revealed that some of the ideological pillars of today’s fiscal conservatism need retrofitting. The Tea Party has given fiscal conservatism a populist flavor, enabling conservative views about the proper role and size of government to spread. For this the…

State’s Rights as a Political Panacaea

Though the quest for consensus may often seem like a hopeless case, there is growing agreement on one issue at all points of the political spectrum. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 80% of Americans are “dissatisfied or even angry with the way the federal government is working.” Sadly for our “wise” Washingtonians,…

Historical Note: Edmund Burke

This edition of the California Patriot introduces a new feature; a historical note. It does so because an understanding and appreciation of history is immensely important to conservatism. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines conservatism as a political doctrine that emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and practices. Only as students of history can we speak effectively,…

We Will Never Forget

This month marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on The United States. With few public remembrances scheduled on campus, The Patriot teamed up with the Berkeley College Republicans to make sure that the occasion would not be forgotten on campus. On the Thursday evening before the anniversary, club members stayed…

A Plea For Sanity In The Gun Debate

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of these United States protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms; however, firearm regulation remains one of the most polarizing issues in the nation. While many see guns as integral parts of their lives, as tools for hunting and means of defending their families, others…

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The free market economist Milton Friedman once famously said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning that all goods are paid for somehow. If only he were a professor at Berkeley! This fall, our university’s “wise” administration struck a deal with Adobe Systems to offer their popular Creative Suite to Cal students for…