About Steve Soukup

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Steve Soukup is the Vice President and Publisher of The Political Forum, an “independent research provider” that delivers research and consulting services to the institutional investment community, with an emphasis on economic, social, political, and geopolitical events that are likely to have an impact on the financial markets in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Soukup has followed politics and federal regulatory policy for the financial community since coming to Washington in 1996, when he joined Mark Melcher at the award-winning Washington-research office of Prudential Securities. While at Prudential, he was part of the Washington team that placed first in Institutional Investor magazine’s annual analyst survey for eight years in a row. Mr. Soukup left Prudential with Mr. Melcher to join Lehman Brothers in the fall of 2000 and stayed there for two years, before leaving early in 2003 to become a partner at The Political Forum.

While at Lehman, Mr. Soukup authored macro-political commentary and followed policy developments in the Natural Resources sector group, focusing on agriculture and energy policy. He also headed Lehman’s industry-leading analysis of asbestos litigation reform efforts. At The Political Forum, Mr. Soukup was initially the editor and junior partner, but is now the senior commentator and publisher. He holds a M.A. in American Government and Public Administration/Public Policy and a professional certification in policy analysis and program evaluation.

Italy Debates The Definition Of “Family”…A Half-Century Too Late

Last Thursday, Italy’s Senate began deliberations on the question of “civil unions.” I can’t help but wonder if the Italian people and even the Church are wasting their time bickering over the question of homosexuality’s role in defining the family, even as the basic family unit is collapsing in Italy and throughout Europe. In Italy – as in the rest of “Christendom” – the family was destroyed long ago and by forces that have nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality or same-sex relationships. Rather, it was destroyed by selfishness, laziness, cultural apathy and, above all, antagonism to, and resentment of, traditional Judeo-Christian religious values. Read

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As Americans March For Life, A Warning From China

This week, as American Pro-Lifers march in somber commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade, the government of China has, however unwittingly, sent the United States and the rest of the West an urgent and fitting message: people are not the problem, and abortion is not the answer. Indeed, the construction of that equation has the variables precisely backward.
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Heroic Doubling, Redux

The recent attack on a Planned Parenthood facility, unleashed more talk about gun control, the war on women’s health and religious fanatics. What it failed to unleash were thoughtful reflections on a far more serious phenomenon: In a world stripped of its meaning and purpose, Westerners are finding or creating meaning anywhere they can. And in the case of men unmoored from the traditional defining behaviors and beliefs of adulthood – manhood – this creation of meaning often manifests itself as violence, and “heroic” violence especially.

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Progressives And Abortion

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, a patron saint of “progressivism,” and the founding father of the American administrative state. He was also a racist and dedicated eugenicist. As the governor of New Jersey, he signed one of the nation’s first and most draconian state eugenics laws–a law drafted by Dr. Edwin Katzen-Ellenbogen who would become a notorious killer doctor in Hitler’s Buchenwald concentration camp. Have the juvenile antics of our Ivy League university students uncovered an awkward fact of history? Read

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The United Nations’ Agenda: False Premises Buttressed By Willful Ignorance

Late last month, the United Nations adopted what it calls its Agenda for 2030. It reads in part: “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.” This is a sweet sentiment, I suppose, but it is also, to put it mildly, nuts.
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Nihilism, Heroic Doubling And The Crisis Of Violence

Faced with the emptiness of their own lives, isolated from many of their contemporaries, and desperately in search of something substantive to give their lives meaning and purpose, young men – and especially young men who find refuge on the internet and in social media – tend to create fantasy lives for themselves, alternate realities in which they not only find the meaning and purpose they crave, but do so in heroic fashion. Read

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Abortion And Hyperbolic Political Rhetoric

For most of the last century, the distinctions between the political Right and Left have been obvious and unchanging: hawks vs. doves; big government vs. small government; labor vs. capital; rich vs. poor, and so on. Today, however, the parties are generally unable to distinguish themselves from one another with respect to these measures, and in some cases, have actually swapped positions. So how can they capture the voters’ attention… Read

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A Constitution Made Only For A Moral And Religious People

Many will argue that just about any and all behavior must be allowed, and even sanctioned, by the state because “you can’t impose your values on society.” The problems with this argument are manifold. The two most obvious are the presumption that “values” are necessarily religious notions; and the corollary presumption that removing religion from the public sphere will therefore create value-free governance. Both presumptions are patently false. Read

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“The Terrorist Groups” And Real Evil

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has likened those who wish to stop abortion to “terrorist groups,” to men who buy, sell, trade and rape women and girls—and do so with the sanction and encouragement of their religious leaders. To compare such practitioners to people who believe merely that human lives before birth matter as much as human lives after birth is, at the very least, to toe a very fine line between ignoring and abetting raw evil. Read

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