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iPhone vs. Trump: How Technology Companies Can Protect Both Customers and National Security

January 19, 2020

These very powerful encryptions leave the government in the dark. But perhaps there is a solution that appeases cellphone customers with privacy concerns while ensuring that criminals cannot conceal their conspiracies.

Socialism without a proletariat?

January 10, 2020

Something is missing in the social agenda of Elizabeth Warren that is much more consequential than the question of how she is going to pay for Medicare For All and for the other dozen plans she has unfurled. Where is the social force that will carry her policies, i.e., the social group that will play the role of the proletariat in Marxist theory and — of the free market in libertarian ideology?

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America's Actions in Iraq Could Create a Stronger Iran

January 09, 2020

There is an important lesson in the way Iran has responded so far to the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani...

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Office of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming

January 07, 2020

Congress must deal with a growing number of issues that new technological developments are forcing on the nation.

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What America Needs to Learn from the Afghanistan Papers

December 29, 2019

Arguably the most shocking takeaway from the Afghanistan Papers, which were recently published by The Washington Post, cannot be found in the volumes written in 2014—because it concerns events that occurred after the papers were written. Namely, that despite the very strong, well-documented, detailed account—by the military—that the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was failing, no basic change in strategy followed.

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My Experience with Social Media Restrictions on Free Speech

December 15, 2019

Strong voices from both ends of the political spectrum have called on tech companies to be more responsible, to remove from their platforms any material that offends community mores and that manipulates elections.

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The best education investments start well before school

December 02, 2019

In debates over education policy, we often hear new ideas about investing large amounts of funds in higher education in the form of free tuition, fellowships and loan forgiveness programs, among others.

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Why America Is Still Great

November 27, 2019

As the holidays commence, let’s focus on what Americans have to be thankful for, as difficult as it is to take one’s mind off the news that emanates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

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America Must Learn to Deal with Moral Outrage

November 24, 2019

Reforms are good, but those who make minor mistakes must be given a path to redemption.

The First 100 Moderate Days

November 18, 2019

In my desperate search for a moderate Democratic candidate in whom I can have more confidence than the flailing former Joe Biden, I decided to look at what the various candidates are promising to d

Should We Privatize Censorship?

November 18, 2019

Over the past few decades, the United States has increasingly relied on the private sector to carry out missions that were once considered largely the mission of the state.

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Why Aren’t the Democratic Presidential Candidates Pushing for Bold Change in the Middle East?

November 16, 2019

Even if the proposals of many Democratic candidates were implemented, little would change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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China Needs a New Ethos

November 14, 2019

For the last few decades the Chinese government has relied greatly on the legitimacy of affluence.

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There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra

November 12, 2019

Libra, Facebook’s proposed blockchain digital currency, is a horrible idea whose time should never come...

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What Should Donald Trump Really Be Impeached For?

November 10, 2019

Trump, like one of those defendants in a trial who arrogantly ignores the advice of his lawyers, is so sure that he has locked in a crucial part of the jury that he feels free to lash out at the process, and has so little self-control that he spills it all out.