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China: A ‘Strategic’ Threat?

March 05, 2018

The Pentagon’s latest National Defense Strategy rests on some shaky assumptions.

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) leaves after announcing his resignation

#MeToo: America's Fastest-Changing Conversation

February 14, 2018

America can't afford to ignore the speed and sweep and effect of recent moral dialogues on sexual harassment.

Theoretical Implications of “High Rent”

January 24, 2018

Evidence indicates that when a party pays lobbyists to secure special benefits for that party, in terms of resource allocations by the government, that party gains a very high return on its outlays

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How to Give Up the Electronic Ghost and Get Back to Shabbat

January 06, 2018

For decades now the “secular” world of weekdays has invaded the world of holidays and weekends. Today many of us are addicted to our inboxes.

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) arrives at the U.S. Senate prior to his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct

How Can America Deal with Its Sexual Harassment Problem?

December 17, 2017

Politicians should be made to apologize, reduced in rank, be isolated, and fined—but not forced out of office. This is the job of the voters.

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America's Enduring Bacha Bazi Problem in Afghanistan

December 07, 2017

The selling and using of young boys for sex has deep roots in Afghanistan and has been widely practiced for generations.

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Notes for Antifa from a Former “Terrorist”

November 29, 2017

Antifa embraces violence as a legitimate political tool. But even in Trump's United States, this tactic fails on moral and strategic grounds. 

March 26: Privacy and Surveillance Panel at Arena Stage

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