A protester holds up a Black Lives Matter sign

Protest, Yes; Violence, No

June 29, 2020

The issue is an old one; however, current events require that we revisit the question of whether it is justified to resort to violence to gain social change in democratic societies (however flawed they are).

A man in a red Make America Great Again hat, matching mask, and flag-themed shirt stands in front of a US flag

The Vaccine Is No Messiah: The Coronavirus Will Be With Us For Years to Come

June 27, 2020

All said and done, we better realize that the virus will be with us for years to come and accept that the new normal, living with various safety measures as well as testing and contact tracing, will be with us even once a vaccination is widely available. Keep your mask close and friends—at a distance.

 Donald Trump, in the bottom righthand corner of the image, points while appearing at a rally

Public Trust Problem: The Upcoming Presidential Election Creates New Challenges

June 21, 2020

A growing number of observers and Democratic activists are concerned that the president and the Republican party will engage in voter suppression, delay the fall elections, or refuse to abide by the results.

Many people, all wearing blue shirts, hold the borders of a giant American flag

A Solution to the Social Media Mayhem

June 14, 2020

Much attention has been focused recently, quite properly, on incidences of police brutality and on racism.

The White House, seen through a chain-link fence, with multiple rows of additional fencing in front of it

The Pandemic Extends the Trend away from Globalism

June 09, 2020

The pandemic has made global communitarianism more necessary and more elusive than ever.

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Technical Difficulties: Technology Snafus Put Biden's Shortcomings on Display

June 08, 2020

If Joe Biden cannot run modern-day technology from his basement, then how can he run a country? Still, if Trump is reelected, then his capricious mismanagement of the response to the pandemic will cost many more lives.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

A New Consensus About How to Best Govern

June 08, 2020

Different countries’ responses to the pandemic cast important new light on the debate over the best ways to govern nations – and which form of government has proven itself superior in coping with COVID-19.

Good Republicans? — A Covid-19 Silver Lining: What Price Will the Conservative Community Pay to Capitalize on the Era of Trump?

June 02, 2020

In the 1990s, I was referred to as the “guru of the communitarian movement,” although quite a few others deserved this title at least as much. I have hence been paying special attention to the sudden rise of a communitarian faction in the Republican party, led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), as well as Oren Cass and his organization, American Compass. The faction’s ideas—its rejection of the hyper-individualism of the libertarian ideology (which has captured much of the GOP), its concern for the common good, and its recognition that the government has a major positive role to play—are much-validated by the pandemic. Although not all the positions of the faction are aligned with communitarianism, there are many points of overlap.

A person wears an American flag face mask, as well as a similarly-themed cowboy hat; an American flag flied in the background

Wearing a Face Mask Is Patriotic

May 19, 2020

Wearing a face mask during the era of the coronavirus might be the only way to stamp out the spread of the deadly disease.

Donald Trump

Is There a Big Government In Your Future?: "Donald Trump Is Redefining the Role of 'Big Government' in America"

May 17, 2020

Donald Trump’s government is largely streaming billions of dollars to the private sector, to be distributed by businesses, rather than forming new government agencies or programs, or safety nets.

Behind a mask-covered Statue of Liberty, an orange moon glows against a dark sky

Are the Great Outdoors Safe in the Era of the Coronavirus?

May 10, 2020

The preponderance of the evidence currently available suggests that being outdoors while wearing masks and keeping a distance from one another is significantly safer than being indoors with others.

People in hair coverings, masks, gowns, gloves, and booties unload aid packages from China

China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World: A Dove's Perspective

May 07, 2020

What do China's handling of the pandemic and U.S. reactions to China inform us about the relations between these two major powers? Is the growing U.S. animosity toward China, fostered by the White House as well as both political parties, justified?

The US Capitol Dome, with a background of dark skies

Needed: A time-bound virtual Congress

May 05, 2020

Congress should have the capacity to deliberate and to vote via virtual platforms like Zoom and Google Hang Out. The use of these platforms should be limited from the onset to some agreed upon point, say when there are less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden's Globalist Trap

May 02, 2020

Biden cannot compete with Trump by being more nationalistic. He also cannot do well if he allows himself to be cast as a globalist. He hence must walk a tightrope of showing that one can be patriotic without being nationalistic..

A health care provider wearing multiple layers of protection swabs the inside of a woman's nose

America's Coronavirus Data Debacle

April 26, 2020

Before anyone declares that it is possible to predict that a country can safely open its economy by a given date because of what the models show—they better know how the models were built and be familiar with their driving assumptions.