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Kicked By The Great White North

The health care win has given the President his mojo back at home, but things overseas are still looking grim.  We are neglecting or quarreling with our friends and reaching out to our enemies — but neither policy is yielding much in the way of results.The latest case is Canada; on a visit to Ottawa […]

Arms Control Returns as Farce

On Thursday, March 25, the newspapers announced on their front pages a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms agreement. A slow news day, maybe, I thought. This sort of thing would have deserved front page coverage before 1991; now it may still, but that’s not so evident. During the Cold War, strategic arms control was bound up with […]

Faith Matters Sunday: Evangelicals and Politics 2010

I was on a Council on Foreign Relations conference call Friday with a group of religious leaders and scholars from around the country.  The call was on the record; when it’s available I’ll provide a link for those of you who want to listen to it.  The subject was timely: what’s happening with evangelicals in […]

Does Money Buy Happiness? Gallup Checks It Out — Worldwide

Does money buy happiness?  This is one of humanity’s most pressing questions, and for some time I’ve wanted to do an in-depth, long-term study to resolve this one way or the other.  I think the empirical method is best, and like all great scientists who are also humanitarians, I would first test it on myself.  […]

Settling Zion

The Obama administration seems to have significantly stepped up its demands on Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu.  This at least is the takeaway from a story in Ha’aretz, a moderately dovish Israeli newspaper.  The more conservative Jerusalem Post is basically saying the same thing; Washington is pressing Netanyahu for answers by Saturday to a list […]

Peace in the Middle East? Not Yet

One of the most dangerous and most common mistakes people make about the Middle East is to believe that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is just around the corner. This is an easy mistake to make; peace is such a good idea, who could be against it?  After all, it’s very easy to see […]

The Shadows Grow

The blue social model posted a big win today as President Obama signed the Senate’s health care bill into law .  I think it’s a bad bill that locks the United States more tightly into a medical system that is unsustainable in the medium term, and it is grossly unfair to the young.  But extending […]

Remembering Iraq

Seven years ago this week the first bombs were falling in Iraq and the war was breaking out, a war that caused untold suffering in Iraq, led to waves of anti-American feeling around the world, polarized politics in the United States, broke the administration of George W. Bush, and contributed to one of the most […]

Faith Matters Sunday: Errand To The World

This week I’ve been re-reading William R. Hutchison’s Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions.  It’s a great book about a vital subject that too many people know nothing about.

Jet Lag and Blogging Don’t Mix

As some have noticed, blogging has been slow here at the stately Mead manor the last few days.  I got in late yesterday from Lithuania, and today I somehow just didn’t have much to say.  Tonight was also a culture night; I had tickets to Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera. The singing was fantastic; the […]

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Drugs and Decentralization

Americans are more in favor of legalizing marijuana than ever before. But just because dismantling drug war policies is the better choice doesn’t mean it’s a great one.

Campus Kangaroo Courts

As the first piece of federal legislation to challenge the politically correct consensus that the only possible response to campus sexual assault is to simply throw due process out the window, the Safe Campus Act of 2015 could change the terms of the debate.

21st Century Households

Some cultural explanations for young peoples’ reluctance to leave the nest.

Kleptocracy of dunces

It’s a bad sign for the Russian economy, and a bad development for average Russians, who have to pony up for bribes whenever they deal with officialdom.

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