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One Way to Retire

February 13, 2020

When things between Pat and me got serious and she felt that I was about to pop the question, she warned me: “My patients are my first concern.”

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What Sort of Revolution Does Bernie Sanders Want?

January 27, 2020

The good news is that Sanders—despite his revolutionary rhetoric-- actually does not mean to overthrow the government, but, rather, to work within the democratic system. The sad news is that he is confusing millions with his revolutionary rhetoric and leading them up a garden patch with an agenda that is at best utopian.

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It's Time to Deep-Six Deepfakes

January 26, 2020

Facebook just banned the posting of “deepfake” videos. Congress should require other platforms to follow.

Let's Not Cede Patriotism

January 24, 2020

Originally, my book was called In Defense of Patriotism. My editor said he loved the manuscript, but allowed that the title gave him much grief. My liberal, supportive wife felt that I should reconsider the title, and my lefty Yalie granddaughter stated flatly that she would not read “such a right-wing book.” They sighed with relief when the book was renamed: Reclaiming Patriotism. This title communicates that I do not favor embracing nationalism, but seek to rekindle love of country—one definition of patriotism—in order to curb the divisiveness that is paralyzing the government and tearing apart society.

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It’s Hard to Be a Patriot

January 19, 2020

When did love of country get such a bad name?

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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