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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
the future of retirement
Retirement Challenges Are Worse Than People Thought

Our elites don’t feel a sense of urgency about entirely predictable problems that threaten to devastate the middle class.

Climate Obsession
NYT Botches Mexico City’s Sinking Story

The Gray Lady sees the climate change bogeyman behind every closet door. In the case of Mexico City, it’s a profoundly shoddy diagnosis.

Mullah Mismanagement
Can Iran Hold Together Long Term?

Many multi-ethnic states have broken down over the past 150 years, and Iran risks going the same way.

Presidents' Day
The Lamest Holiday on the Calendar

Presidents’ Day is a holiday about nobody that teaches nothing.

The Greek Tragedy
Another European Greece Failure

Nothing demonstrates the dead end into which the European Union has so tragically worked itself better than the policy paralysis that has crippled its response to the Greek calamity.

Higher Education Watch
GOP Goes After Tenure

Attacking foul-mouthed tenured radicals who try to turn their classrooms into indoctrination shops is politically popular, but comprehensively reforming public higher education systems is more important.

ACA Agonistes
Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Healthcare Edition

The party that owns the status quo owns a wretched mess that it cannot actually fix.

Trump’s Foreign Policy
What Flynn’s Resignation Really Means

Flynn was the wrong man for the job, but his resignation tells us less about insidious Russian schemes than the Trump Administration’s flawed assumptions about Russia.

information revolution
We Don’t Have the Tools to Measure the New Economy

Our measures of economic growth and wealth may not fully account for the improvements taking place in our lives.

The Art of the Deal
US vs. China: First Round to Trump

Trump Derangement Syndrome obscures a small reality: in the first round of exchanges between Trump and Xi, it is advantage Trump.

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democrats in disarray

Democratic elites are losing the ability to set their party’s agenda.

Up in Smoke

And that’s just as “flawed” of a modern energy source as it sounds.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s suspension of coal imports from North Korea serves as both a warning to Pyongyang and a signal to Washington.

Transit's Future

Ridership is down, and there are reasons to believe it may never recover.

blue boondoggle

California’s utopian high-speed rail project just got another wrench thrown in its gears—this time by the Trump administration.

Fracking Futures

…And it wasn’t long ago that the U.S. was worried about LNG imports.

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