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Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers

Who is killing the public unions?Some people, like the tens of thousands of protesters in Madison and the tens of millions of Americans who agree with them, believe that the villains are scheming corporate interests, Fox News, Tea Party ‘fanatics’ and opportunistically populist politicians like Scott Walker.Many of their opponents agree that the right is […]

Pop Music
P.J. Harvey’s Black Painting

Let England Shake By P.J. Harvey As you look back over the past decade of popular music, the thing that stands out is how introspective and self-obsessed much of it has been. Given the significance of the events that transpired in the 2000s—from the attacks of 9/11, to an unprecedented two simultaneous foreign wars waged […]

Thucydides Hates “Realists”

It has been an eerie experience rereading Thucydides while watching governments totter across the Arab world.  In some ways, nothing has changed in 2500 years; revolution was an important part of Thucydides’ world and changes in government in Greek city states would cause those cities to shift from a pro-Athens to a pro-Sparta orientation.The revolutionary […]

Religion in the Military

There were two stories about the military chaplaincy in the February 8, 2011 issue of The Christian Century.  The first dealt with the disproportional representation of Evangelicals among chaplains today—33%, while the number of soldiers belonging to Evangelical churches is 3%. This situation is unlikely to change. 87% of individuals seeking to be chaplains in […]

Race To The Bottom?

Is America in a race to the bottom, or are we going through what the Austrian born economist Joseph Schumpeter would call a process of “creative destruction”?As readers over thirty will remember, Ronald Reagan used to tell the story of two boys: a pessimist and an optimist.  A psychologist put the pessimistic boy in a […]

Sarah Palin: America’s Foreign Policy Messiah?

[Published in the IHT under the headline “The Tea Party and US Foreign Policy”]The rise of the Tea Party movement has been the most controversial and dramatic development in U.S. politics in many years. Supporters have hailed it as a return to core American values; opponents have seen it as a racist, reactionary and ultimately […]

The Real “Iraq Model”

OK, now things are finally starting to get interesting in the Middle East. Tunisia was noteworthy, but not critical. Egypt has been very dramatic, though wildly misinterpreted by most observers in the United States. Jordan is still more or less stable, but is in fact more portentous a stake in some ways than Egypt. But […]

The Madison Blues

The world has been watching the upheavals and protests shaking the Middle East these days, but it’s just possible that the disturbances in Madison, Wisconsin mark what will ultimately prove to be a bigger turning point in world history.In the heart of Blue State America, we are seeing a challenge to some of the fundamental […]

Why Bahrain is so Bloody

The difference between Egypt and Bahrain is that Egypt has a national army, and Bahrain does not. The Egyptian officer corps is drawn from the nation’s elite while conscripts from ordinary families fill the enlisted ranks. But every Egyptian speaks Egyptian Arabic (little more than regional accents survive from the old dialects) and the population […]

Revolutionaries with American Passports

On February 5, 2011, The New York Times carried a story about Eva Golinger, a lawyer from New York, in her thirties, who has become a fervent advocate for Hugo Chavez and his “Bolivarian revolution.” She came to Venezuela in the 1990s and now lives in Caracas, and speaks Spanish with a pronounced American accent. […]

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To You and Yours

Some reading and listening material for the holiday.


For many Americans, it may not feel like things are going very well lately, but in some critical ways, life in America is better than ever.

Abenomics Lives

Japan needs more than the short-term stimulus Abe is reportedly proposing. Its future prospects are better than many realize.

after paris

If you’re looking for culprits, don’t forget the centrists.

campus unrest

Anxious Ivy League presidents are trying to appease campus radicals with huge payouts to left-wing campus identity programs.

Volatile Volts

Thanks to wind and solar, Germany’s power market is so volatile that traders have to rely on computers to keep up with price swings.

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