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A Republic, If We Can Keep It: The Founders vs. 'Emperor Obama'

As “Emperor Obama”—to cite a title applied to Barack Obama by House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Jeff Sessions, and others—proceeds with his plan to trample the Constitution by issuing an Executive Order on amnesty for illegals, perhaps it’s worth looking back to see how the authors of the Constitution might have reacted to such a crisis. Nov 21, 2014 7:21 AM PT

A Hundred Years After World War One, Americans Have a Lot to Learn

On the centennial of World War One, perhaps the most urgent question is this: Could we fall into another such global war? Could we end up in another conflict such as the one, a century ago, that took 20 million lives? Essayist Roger Cohen, writing for, has his glum answer: “Yes, It Could Happen Again.” Aug 1, 2014 2:31 PM PT

You Can Trust the Russians to Be Russians

In their own way, the Russians are trustworthy: You can always trust them to remind you as to what kind of people they are, and what kind of political system they create. As we shall see, Americans got a bitter lesson about Russian behavior seven decades ago, during World War II—although we were painfully slow to learn that lesson. Jul 18, 2014 10:09 AM PT

Who Is the Real David Brat?

So who is the real David Brat? Is he a Randian Tea Partier, the scourge of RINOs, bent on taking the Republican Party further to the right? Or is he a populist crusader, determined to defend the middle class against all its enemies and predators, wherever they might lurk? Which is he? Jun 13, 2014 7:12 PM PT

China Takes the Lead in Africa

Sometimes big geopolitical news gets tucked away in a mere clause. We can see this phenomenon in, for example, a recent AFP story on the Nigerian terror-kidnaping: “World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists.” May 11, 2014 4:17 PM PT

Welcome to the Alternate Green Universe: National Security, Meh! Let’s Talk About Climate Change!

Okay, so the US seems to be losing in Syria and in Ukraine. And not doing too well at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. Nor is it bringing peace to the Israelis and Palestinians. And the economy doesn’t look too good, either. But in the Alternate Green Universe, those issues aren’t important. What really matters, as we learned in the Washington Post the other day, is climate change. May 6, 2014 5:35 PM PT

Conservative Nationalism vs. Liberal Multiculturalism: The Revolts of the Masses in Britain and India—And What They Mean for the US

Americans should take note: Upcoming elections in two English-speaking countries, the United Kingdom and India, are likely to tell a common story; in both nations, conservative nationalism is likely to defeat liberal multiculturalism. That’s good news for conservatives, and an inspiration for Americans, as they look to their own November 2014 elections. And yet, as we shall see, it’s not obvious that the Republican Party will draw the same positive lessons. May 4, 2014 7:05 PM PT

Uncle Sam’s Bicoastal Tug of War: The Internet of Things vs. Too Big to Fail

By now, it’s a cliche that the Internet of Things is going to change everything. That’s right: Americans have barely had time to digest all the effects of the Internet, and now comes along the Internet of Things (IoT). If the Internet created a new order in cyberspace, then the IoT is going to create a new order in the physical world--or, as geeks call it, “meat space.” Apr 15, 2014 12:01 PM PT

The Obama World Order: Can We Really Manage a Policy of Quintuple Containment?

Here’s something geopolitically interesting: both China and India support Russia's takeover of Crimea. Yes, the two largest nations by population, both of them well-developed nuclear powers, ranking second and tenth in overall economic output—and growing fast—support Russia’s claim that it can conquer foreign territory by force. Welcome to the New World Order of 2014. Mar 22, 2014 12:49 PM PT


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