Justin Stapley
Self-Evident is a newsletter and podcast where Justin Stapley discusses timely political topics, timeless values, and the first principles of limited government and free society.
Created 10 Feb 2020
  • Can We Still Be Like Mike?
    28 Sep 2021about 2 hours ago • 2 min read
    As a product of the ’90s, I pretty much idolized Michael Jordan like most boys did (even if, as a Jazz fan, I still have strong feelings about whether or not he pushed off on Bryon Russell). MJ was a ...
  • We Need All-Around Civic Engagement
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Yesterday, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article of mine relative to voting and civic engagement. My argument in the article is that we too often focus on just the single act of voting and ignore...
  • 'Peace For Our Time'
    07 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.” - John Stuart Mill Standin...
  • American Dishonor
    24 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 3 2
    In politics and world events, I’ve been shocked, I’ve been angry, I’ve been ashamed, and I’ve been disappointed. But never in my life, until now, has a geopolitical event caused me to literally endure...
  • My Fellow Republicans: Two Important Questions About Jan. 6
    09 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Conservatives and Republicans have two very important questions before them. First, what is the rational perspective of what happened on January 6th? And second, what is the spin and hyperbole of the ...
  • A Conservative's Living Constitution
    06 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    I have often considered it unfortunate that those who call the US Constitution a "Living" document do so to argue for the flexibility of its meaning. When I first heard the term "Living Constitution,"...
  • But Why Do We Disagree?
    04 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    (This is part three of a three-part series derived from a term paper I wrote in a previous semester titled “We Have All Always Been Originalists”, read part 2 here) We still have our underlying questi...
  • What Is the Best AR-15 zero?
    30 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    There is a much-debated and never quite settled issue in the world of AR-15s: what is the best zeroing distance. Often, it’s a debate of tradeoffs. An AR-15 is capable of extreme accuracy at short, me...
  • The Ghost of Living Constitutionalism
    27 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 4
    (This is part two of a three-part series derived from a term paper I wrote in a previous semester titled “We Have All Always Been Originalists”, read part 1 here) Justice Scalia conceded long ago that...
  • The Four Factors of Political Development
    23 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    Measuring political development seems, to me, best measured by 1) the presence of liberal attitudes in the body politic, 2) the codification of liberal values in the law, 3) the durability of institut...
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