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Congress Should Suspend Privacy Laws for 90 Days to Fight the Coronavirus

April 01, 2020

There are some indications that even privacy advocates will find such a suspension acceptable if it was a short-term measure and safeguards against abuse were put in place.

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Why Winning the War In Afghanistan Meant Losing to the Taliban

March 31, 2020

Drawing lessons from the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan is important not only for determining the ways we may fight in the future, if we must engage in another war in the region (say, dealing with an Iran bent on gaining nukes), but also for shaping our positions in the current negotiations with the Taliban.

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How to Jump-Start a Post-Coronavirus Economy

March 30, 2020

Those people who have recovered from the coronavirus, whose number will grow over the next days and weeks, should get certificates to this effect from their healthcare provider and be free to go to work and otherwise move about, to help beef up the economy

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Coronavirus Kindness: The Pandemic Has Exposed Every American's Angels and Demons

March 23, 2020

The ways people respond to a crisis tell us volumes about their values: Are they increasingly selfish or giving? 

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Congress needs to prod the IRS to capture carbon

March 18, 2020

Congress authorized the expansion of tax credits for carbon capture back in 2018. But the Internal Revenue Service has still not released important details about the way it is interpreting the revisions to Section 45Q of its code. The resulting uncertainty is preventing investors from committing to major carbon capture projects.

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The Sociology of Surviving the Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

The much-maligned social media realm can help people avoid the detrimental effects of social isolation during this pandemic.

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Why a Rising China Isn't as Dangerous As Experts Make It Out to Be

March 07, 2020

There is no question that China has vastly increased its military power over the last decade but the details are often overblown. Each item that China alarmists raise deserves a second look.

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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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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.

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It’s Hard to Be a Patriot

January 19, 2020

When did love of country get such a bad name?

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...