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The U.S. Should Not Fear Competing With China

October 31, 2014

On October 24, 21 Asian nations signed a memorandum to form a new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to be drawn on considerable Chinese funds. U.S. opposition to the new bank illuminates a much greater issue: Will the U.S. seek to contain every international initiative by China, or will it only counter aggression but welcome China’s non-coercive engagement in regional and world affairs? 

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Midterm Elections

October 31, 2014

In many ways, we already know the results of the midterm elections: The country continues to tilt toward right of center. This is evident because, even if the Democrats are somehow able to hold on to a thin majority in the Senate, they will do so only because of the election of red-state Democrats who support many of the same policies that Republicans do. 

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We Need Empathy, Too

October 23, 2014

“Character” has been used in American political discourse as a code word for arguing that if people are suffering – are poor, unemployed, or hooked on drugs or alcohol – it is because they have not been brought up properly and thus have a poor character, especially one that is short on self-government and controlling impulses. But people of good character can lift themselves up by their own boot straps, make their own opportunities. 

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The Tea Party Is Winning—the Liberal Agenda Is Being Suffocated

September 24, 2014

Liberals say Republicans, who are engaged in a civil war with each other while campaigning to defund Obamacare, are ignoring the wishes of the majority of Americans. They contend that if the GOP continues on its present course, it will once again shoulder the blame for shutting down the government, or worse.

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Grant Kurdistan Arms and Independence

August 14, 2014

In dealing with Iraq, the U.S. and its allies would benefit from drawing on an important axiom of economics, that of “sunk costs.” It suggests that contrary to common intuition, how much you have invested in a property (or policy) in the past should not affect your decisions about future investments. The decisive question is whether the property is currently in good shape, or is falling apart. 

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Hillary Clinton’s China Policy

August 06, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s book Hard Choices reaffirms what critics have long stated about President Barack Obama’s China policy: that there is none but merely vague generalizations and that the administration is largely reactive rather than proactive. 

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Should We Go Back to the Moon?

July 22, 2014

Today marks 45 years since Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, taking "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Overall, 12 American astronauts have walked on the lunar landscape, the last – Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt – doing so in 1972.

Iran Road

Road to Damascus Runs Through Tehran

July 17, 2014

Iran, a state that is known to support terrorists and insurgent groups, has its tentacles in several states throughout the Middle East. Trying to pry one loose will leave the others tightening their unwelcome grip.

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Facebook's Experiment: Trivial Pursuit

July 08, 2014

The recent hullabaloo about the "experiment" Facebook conducted for one week, in which it scrambled the newsfeed of some of its customers to see if the differences would make them happier, says much more about us than about Facebook. It shows that we would much rather deal with a new scandal, however trivial, rather than face deep, long standing flaws of our whole social system.

Baghdad

The Cantonization of Iraq

July 03, 2014

The public debate about the future of Iraq has locked on two options -- partition along confessional-ethnic lines or a unity government. Both proposals have problems. Iraq would be better served, and those who cajole it would be wise to promote, strong autonomy for the country's 19 provinces.

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Repeated Assaults--And No Remedies

June 19, 2014

A recent front page New York Times report reveals that individuals caught by authorities and detained as illegal immigrants are being paid $1 a day or less to work at the detention centers they are kept in while their cases are awaiting resolution. There are an estimated 135,000 people who are held in detention centers, many of which are operated by profit making corporations.

Chuck Hagel

China and the U.S.: Whose Strategic Mistake?

June 06, 2014

Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, a professor at China’s National Defense University, said recently that “the Americans are making very, very important strategic mistakes right now” in their approach to China. His comments followed a strong statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who stated that “China has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea.”

NATO headquarters

Time to Wean Europe From American Welfare

June 05, 2014

The recent crisis in Ukraine reveals that Europe, again, is content to spend little on defense, can do little to defend itself, and disregards security when making economic deals in general and in matters concerning energy in particular. Now that the US has become involved in Ukraine, it cannot but continue to take the lead in seeking to prevent Putin from extending his empire-building moves. 

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2010 Census Demographics

The Census Bureau's Racial Straitjacket

June 02, 2014

Earlier this month at a meeting of the Population Association of America, researchers presented preliminary findings that more than two million Hispanics changed their racial classification to "white" in the 2010 census from "some other race" in 2000. Overall, according to official data, 53% of Hispanics classified themselves as white in 2010.

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Gary Becker

Gary Becker--A Giant

May 12, 2014

Gary Becker, who just passed away, is correctly gaining much attention. The 1992 Nobel Laureate and University of Chicago professor was one of the most influential economists of the age.