James P. Pinkerton

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The 2014 Elections Are Over: Let the Interpretation Begin!

By now everybody knows what happened in the 2014 midterms. The challenge is to keep the results—a great victory for Republicans—in perspective. In particular, now that the 2014 midterms have passed into history, we can ask: What implications can we draw about the 2016 election? Nov 15, 2014 9:42 AM PT

The Ancient War Between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam

With apologies to the frankenfood-fearers and polar bear-sentimentalizers, the biggest danger we face is the Clash of Civilizations, especially as we rub against the “bloody borders” of Islam. What if, in the coming century, we lose that clash—and the source of our civilization? Sep 21, 2014 9:33 AM PT

To the Ramparts in Great Britain: UKIP's Nigel Farage and His fight for Freedom

Will there always be an England? You know, the England of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben? The England of Shakespeare and J.K. Rowling? The England of afternoon tea and fish and chips? The England of the Magna Carta and a tradition of due process and free speech that was flourishing when America was still wilderness? Will this storied England always exist? Maybe not. Sep 4, 2014 12:00 PM PT

Pat Buchanan, Richard Nixon, and the Search for the Lost Republican Presidential Coalition

When the definitive history of Republican presidential dominance in the late 20th century is written, Richard Nixon will be seen as the architect. Indeed, a half-century later, in the early 21st century, when Republican presidential fortunes are once again on the wane, GOP partisans might usefully study the Nixon era to gain some how-to pointers. Jul 14, 2014 7:02 PM PT

The Bergdahl Dozen: Thirteen Reasons Why the Story Has Legs

It’s been a week, and the Bowe Bergdahl beat goes on. The story has been dominant in the news, even on shows that typically shy away from heavy news—as well as from news that reflects poorly on the Obama administration. Jun 9, 2014 6:40 AM PT

Lessons of D-Day, 70 Years Later: The Arsenal of Democracy, Then and Now

It takes nothing away from the courage and valor of the American troops who landed at Normandy on D-Day to say that their ultimate victory was a forgone conclusion. Yes, US GI’s still had to fight it out, all the way from the English Channel to the Elbe River, and they fought bravely. Yet their triumph had already been guaranteed, thanks to the vast war-production resources of the United States. Indeed, if we learn all the lessons of D-Day, including the value of an “Arsenal of Democracy” on the homefront, we will gain greater understanding of what it takes to win our wars in the future. Jun 6, 2014 7:20 AM PT

A Cure Strategy for Chicago: Fighting Cancer Is Good for Wealth, as Well as Health

Chicago, Il. -- From the moment you arrive at O’Hare International Airport, you realize that the annual convention of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is an economic windfall for the Windy City. ORD, which is 20 miles from the McCormick Place convention center, is alive with signs, banners, and booths, all advertising some aspect of cancer treatment. Jun 3, 2014 8:35 AM PT

Eric Shinseki and the Crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Is it a Scandal? Or a Prototype? And Is Cancer Treatment Next…to Get the Treatment?

Chicago, IL -- Are the problems of the Department of Veterans Affairs an unfortunate scandal? Or are they a matter of deliberate Obama administration policy? The latest news from Washington, including Friday’s resignation of Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki, is reverberating loudly here in Chicago, where the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is having its 50th annual meeting. Jun 1, 2014 9:07 AM PT

The New Digital Order: Five Megatrends

Mary Meeker, long a mainstay at Morgan Stanley, now a partner at the venture-capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is one of the most important Internet analysts in America today. Which is to say, she’s one of the most important social analysts, because not much is happening these days that doesn’t have a digital component. May 29, 2014 2:18 PM PT

China as #1, U.S. as #2: What We Might Learn from an Earlier Power Shift

Let’s ask ourselves: Does it really surprise us that this has happened? Did we really think that our current course was commensurate with superpower status? That we could fritter away resources in low-yield foreign wars, run huge fiscal deficits—all the while ignoring the fundamental rules of economic growth, in terms of appropriate taxation, regulation, litigation, and energy production? Of course not. May 2, 2014 12:57 AM PT

Is the Pope on the left? Or on the right? Yes

It’s so predictable: When Pope Francis reminds the world that he is pro-life, the right cheers and the left sulks. But when the Pope reminds people that he is on the economic left, the left cheers and the right sulks. Apr 29, 2014 11:10 AM PT

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