As the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close, the American experiment in free and democratic self-government confronts two decisive challenges. One stems from an illiberal and anti-democratic great power abroad. The other arises from an obdurate attack on America’s commitment to freedom and democracy at home. Despite disparate sources, they are interconnected: To meet the challenge from without, the United States must prevail over the challenge from within.
In the Biblical story, the first Christmas occurred in a stable because there was no room at the inn for Joseph and Mary. Sadly, in many quarters, there is still no room at the inn for Christ and Christmas as elites seek to cleanse the public square of anything religious.
Strategika Issue 62 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.
Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.
The Mueller report revealed that the one true Putin intimate, testifying under oath before the FBI, cast serious doubt on Vladimir Putin’s preference for Donald Trump. Was this crucial fact ignored because it rejects the “Putin prefers Trump” narrative at the core of the anti-Trump movement?
It’s not something that gets a lot of attention from the media, but the regulatory reforms undertaken by the Trump Administration have been critical to keeping the American economy strong. President Trump has led efforts to roll back red tape by cutting over 8 regulations for every new one that’s been put in place. This action alone will save American households an estimated $3,100 each year.
The “war on Christmas” meme popular this time of year hasn’t been as intense as usual. Of course, there are still a few examples such as a Santa Hat embedded in Microsoft open source coding, which a developer discovered and demanded be removed, comparing it to a swastika.
The Mediterranean Sea is today, as it has always been, a crossroads. The name itself testifies to that, as it means “the sea in the middle of the earth,” a Latin term reflecting an earlier Greek belief. We know better, or do we? From Syria to Libya and on the high seas, and with outside players including China, Iran, Russia, and the United States, the Mediterranean has re-emerged of late as a cockpit of conflict.
Economist and author Kimberly Clausing of Reed College talks about her book Open with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Clausing, a self-described progressive, argues that the United States should continue to embrace free trade but she argues for other interventions to soften the impact of trade on workers and communities.
Zonkeys are a unique animal inhabiting this Mexican border town and found mainly along the central commercial drag on Avenida Revolución. A zonkey is a donkey painted white with dark zebra stripes in order to stand out in its unnatural habitat and attract both sober and drunk visitors onto their saddles and into pricey tourist photos.
A half-century earlier, when Robert Moses had been in his prime, New York state wouldn’t have needed to depend on private developers, if only because Moses would have had the authority to shape and finance the project to his own liking.
I can’t come up with lists like “these are the books I’m reading this Christmas holiday” because I read at most two books at a time slowly and methodically. For my bedtime reading, which gets me through about 10 pages before I get sleepy and turn out the light, I’m reading Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr and learning what a jerk Alexander Hamilton was.
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Rachel Maddow's hope that the Steel dossier was true and Hanson notes that the mainstream media has not learned anything from the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, saying they feel "justified" in trying to remove him from office.
Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan notes that trading under the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will commence in July 2020 promising to open borders, cut tariffs, and boost intra-African trade by more than 50%.
Hoover Institution fellow Herb Lin notes that the Doomsday Clock remained set at two minutes to midnight in 2019, reflecting unassuaged fears of a reignited nuclear arms race and accelerating climate change—as well as fresh concerns that those threats are amplified by new kinds of information warfare and the loss of shared reality.
European politicians in search of to rebuild their ravaged societies within the instant aftermath of the second world warfare had their work minimize out for them. The battle had devastated the continent, leveling cities, destroying economies, and uprooting 40 million individuals.
Martin Feldstein was the consummate bridge builder in economic ideas at a time when economic policy grew more concerned with walls than bridges. His brilliant career offers a legacy, yes, but also a beacon for economics and economists to take a more center-stage role on key matters of public policy.
Jim Mattis is a major proponent of reading to better yourself. Perhaps that is why he has co-written a memoir that is filled with leadership advice. Call Sign Chaos shares this former Secretary of State's unique story and the things he has learned. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.
Since the Indian Parliament approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill on December 11, hundreds of thousands of Indians are protesting against the controversial amendment, which critics claim marginalizes Muslim minorities of the country.
Modern-day Americans and Canadians, or newer immigrants who arrive in the same, could be forgiven for thinking their countries are unredeemed bastions of prejudice. Plenty of academics, politicians, and headline writers seem to think so, especially with the notion of “white privilege,” the idea that skin color—race—is quasi-deterministic for employment, incomes, and much else, as if little had changed since in the middle of the last century.
The Iranian dictatorship may be losing its grip on power. Consequently, its historical strategy of continuous but low-level attacks on American interests in the Middle East may be changing into something more deadly. The Iran regime may be so desperate that it is planning a spectacular attack, an Iranian Pearl Harbor, to induce the United States to settle matters largely on Iranian terms.
India's much vaunted goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025 is likely to remain an unrealistic target given the dismal economic data of the past few quarters and the doubts and concerns voiced by ratings agencies and economists on the medium-term outlook.
While most Americans don’t want to see their country become the world’s policeman, the majority of citizens understand that America inherited the mantle of world leadership and in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, America is the “indispensable” country in the world.
A new report by the nonpartisan think tank The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) says that Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act is like "Medicare for All Lite," which has created nothing but “disastrous results.”
A Vietnam-based hacking group is learning from China's playbook, using increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks to spy on competitors and help Vietnam catch up to global competitors, according to cybersecurity experts.
The U.S. economy proved remarkably resilient in 2019, defying recession fears that dominated the headlines throughout the year. The economy has entered the longest expansion in American history, surpassing the economic boom of the 1990s.
As a Jesuit priest and professor of finance, I am often asked: How can a member of the clergy be involved in such a field? My response is that I am following in the footsteps of noted clergymen, not just Catholic, but also Calvinist and Anglican, going back centuries.
After a hiatus from involvement in the Middle East that began in 1991, Russia has reasserted itself in the region through its intervention in the Syrian civil war. Jakub Grygiel explains how America made this return possible through empty rhetoric, passivity, and shortsightedness.
Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama released lists of his favorite books, movies, and TV shows from 2019, and once again the internet is ablaze with fond reminiscences of the good old days, when the empire had better table manners. Comparing reading and viewing habits has always struck me as a strange way to judge politicians; it doesn’t really matter if the boot stamping on a human face knows it is alluding to Orwell.
Dictators are not ideal guests at dinner parties. They shout and pound on the table too much, jostling the wine glasses. They’re always making weird declarations like “Banish napkins” or else ordering children to chisel flattering busts out of radishes. Make one little comment that rubs a dictator the wrong way, and the whole evening can get a little murder-y.
Did you watch “The Irishman” are are still wondering how Jimmy Hoffa really died? This book is written from the point of view of Chuckie O’Brien’s adopted son Jack Goldsmith. O’Brien was the foster child of Hoffa.
I recommend Jack Goldsmith’s In Hoffa’s Shadow. Goldsmith, a senior Justice Department official under George W. Bush, got that position only by renouncing his stepfather, Chuckie O’Brien, a longtime aide to Jimmy Hoffa suspected by the FBI of delivering Hoffa to his still mysterious demise.
New documents shed light on the massive rescue effort undertaken by the Polish government-in-exile during World War II. It was, to a large extent, orchestrated by unsung hero Ambassador Aleksander Ładoś, despite this ordeal being risky and complicated.