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In the News

Trump Opens The Door To Chaos As Landmark Treaty Expires

quoting George P. Shultzvia Houston Chronicle
Friday, August 2, 2019

On Friday, a nonproliferation pact that underpinned three decades of global security will collapse. In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which led to the removal of more than 2,600 U.S. and Soviet nuclear and conventional ballistic missiles - specifically, ground-based weapons systems with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 and 3,417 miles). That proximate distance, and the fact that they could hit their targets within 10 minutes, made such missiles the source of constant miscalculation fears during the Cold War era.

In the News

Democracy Is Under Attack. But How To Protect It While Trump Is In The White House?

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Washington Post
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Two new books offer contrasting plans -- one global, another national -- to preserve freedom.


The Inequality Of Nations

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Markets are mechanisms of social choice, in which dollars effectively equal votes; those with more purchasing power thus have more influence over market outcomes. Governments are also social choice mechanisms, but voting power is – or is supposed to be – distributed equally, regardless of wealth.

In the News

Contrasting Two Disparate Somalis: Ilhan Omar & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Published Reporter
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

ay Greenberg, reporting in April 2019 in a column published by Neonnettle, said that, during an interview with a Middle Eastern magazine, Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar declared that living in “ugly” American society is “an everyday assault;” also adding that Omar claims that “every day” she is “threatened” and “demonized” due to the “ugliness” that she says is ingrained in the US populace.

Analysis and Commentary

Central Banks Are The Fall Guys

by Raghuram Rajanvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

For decades, the freedom of monetary policymakers to make difficult decisions without having to worry about political blowback has proven indispensable to macroeconomic stability. But now, central bankers must ease monetary policies in response to populist mistakes for which they themselves will be blamed.

In the News

Britain’s Uncertain Future

mentioning Thomas Sowellvia City Journal
Monday, July 29, 2019

As new prime minister Boris Johnson prepares to take Great Britain out of the EU, his political opponents remain out of touch with the country they represent.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Boris Johnson A Winston Churchill As Rewritten By Monty Python?

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, July 29, 2019

‘Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice,” Karl Marx wrote in a justly famous passage from his essay “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.” “He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”

In the News

Review: How China Is Shaping California Skylines And American Democracy

featuring Larry Diamondvia Datebook (San Fransisco Chronicle)
Monday, July 22, 2019

Larry Diamond has studied democracy for 40 years. He’s seen governments in every conceivable state of health, and he’s not easily alarmed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales in 1941
Analysis and Commentary

Winston Churchill's Lasting Legacy

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 29, 2019

Andrew Roberts, a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," Winston Churchill's lasting impact on Western civilization, and how he is taught today in schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Britain Is An Outlaw Nation

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, July 26, 2019

From Britain’s Daily Telegraph (reprinted in Canada’s National Post, Thursday, July 25, 2019: Hassan Rouhini, Iran’s president, said Wednesday that if Britain reversed its “wrong actions, including what they did in Gibraltar” then “they will receive a proper response from Iran.”