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Carbon Capture Is a Climate Change Game Changer

October 31, 2021

Carbon capture has a much more attractive psycho-political profile than other climate-improving measures. It does not require individuals and industries to change. Even better, it could yield significant, visible benefits within a relatively short period of time.

Soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army's Navy march in formation during a 2019 parade and yell

The Chinese Are Coming – to Taiwan?

May 23, 2021

There are risks in hyping a threat.

Addressing the White 'Minority': "This Cultural Divide Keeps Donald Trump's Political Power Alive"

May 12, 2021

Millions of Americans who still support Donald Trump see themselves as a persecuted White minorityand thats a problem.

The Powerful Capitalist Squeeze

May 06, 2021

The majority of Americans are distressed and angry, and many have protested in the street or have supported politicians who give voice to their alienation.

Capitalism Needs to Be Re-encapsulated

May 03, 2021

Capitalism, which has become the dominant economic system in the world, requires a strong political and social capsule, made out of regulations and normative restrictions. The capsule in the United States has weakened since 1980; major industries and corporations are engaged in highly unethical and often illegal behavior. It is not a case of a few “rotten apples” in an otherwise healthy barrel—but a barrel whose contents are decomposing as a whole. Public opinion polls and political preferences indicate that large segments of the public are disenchanted with the current form of the capitalist system, and there are some indications that the economic elites recognize a growing public demand for a stronger capsule. This article closes by raising a question about the long-run sustainability of this economic system.

A cyclist rides behind a newspaper with a front-page photo of the People's Liberation Army soldiers doing a military exercise

Taiwan Is Not Worth Risking A War With China

April 26, 2021

For decades, the US and China have had an implicit understanding that the U.S. will not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, and China will not use force to reincorporate Taiwan into the People’s Republic of China.

The U.S. Capitol dome, with a U.S. flag waving on a flagpole in front of it

Is America Becoming a Chauvinistic Nation?

March 20, 2021

We need a new, much stronger, sense of nationhood—not to suppress differences but to keep them contained so we can resolve them in a civil way.

Joe Biden wearing a black mask

As Bioengineering Advances, Biden Should Reestablish the President's Council on Bioethics

March 18, 2021

All new technologies raise major ethnical concerns; however, few come close to the tantalizing issues that advances in biological engineering raise.

Women from a minority group collect cabbages on a farm in rural China

The Challenging Results of China's New Anti-Poverty Campaign

March 11, 2021

It’s not as simple as some critics might have you believe.

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Failed State: Why the Taliban's Corrupt Afghanistan Can't Be Saved

February 28, 2021

How many more Afghans will we allow to be killed so that our politicians will not have to admit that the United States and its allies failed in Afghanistan, and it is time to get out?

A clipart-like image with a human arm seving as the base for a set of scales; the hand grasps the bar that connects the balances

Human Rights Are a Worthy But Tricky Foundation for Foreign Policy

February 25, 2021

The Biden administration is reintroducing liberal principles – the promotion of democracy and human rights – as a major foundation of U.S. foreign policy.

A 2019 picture of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, seated in three-quarter profile in front of an Iranian flag

Iran: Let's Talk - "Why America Is Signaling Its Willingness to Talk to Iran"

February 21, 2021

The Biden administration has already taken several steps that Tehran will view as an indication that President Joe Biden is very keen to avoid a confrontation and to talk instead.

President Joe Biden wears a black mask and gestures with both hands as he speaks from a podium with the presidential seal

One More Joe Biden Challenge: Maintain Discipline

February 13, 2021

Add one more entry to the long list of challenges President Joe Biden faces: exerting discipline.

A street sign for Wall Street appears in front of three US flags hanging out of a columned building

It's Time to Impose a COVID-19 Equity Surcharge on Wall Street

February 08, 2021

Congress should impose a small COVID-19 equity surcharge on all trades in stocks, bonds and derivatives. The funds raised from this surcharge should be invested in counties in which the COVID death rate is at least twice the national average.

Insurrectionists wth flags and signs inside the Capitol building

Criminalize Threats To Public Officials

February 02, 2021

Just as 9/11 led to new, tough measures against foreign terrorists, the Jan. 6 insurrection should lead to changes in law to curb domestic terrorists.