Tag: Politics & Policy

Will Democrats Choose Safety or Risk?

From left: Activist Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar onstage for the Democratic primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 14, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)One story of the Democratic primary race has been the competition between the flight to safety versus the urge to splurge.

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Was the Soleimani Killing a Policy Success?

An Iranian holds a picture of General Qasem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, as people gather to mourn him in Tehran, Iran, January 4, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters)Trump’s action rid the world of an effective terror master, and Soleimani’s death is likely to be at least a short-term setback for Iran’s imperial ambitions.

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Gertrude Himmelfarb, Rest in Peace

First Lady Laura Bush and Second Lady Lynne Cheney flank Gertrude Himmelfarb after she received the National Humanities Medal in 2004. (National Endowment for the Humanities)She was a paragon of intellectual accomplishment, personal grace, and solid integrity.

When I emailed Mary Ellen Bork that our mutual friend, Gertrude Himmelfarb, a.k.a. Bea Kristol, had passed away at 97, she replied, after expressions of sadness, “Now she and Irving can resume their conversation.

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The Dangers of Elite Groupthink

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff speaks to reporters during a break in a hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, November 20, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Knowledge can be found at all ages, and in all places. And ethics has nothing to do with degrees or pedigrees.

The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host, Stanford graduate, and Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow.

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If This Has Been Super-Decade, Why Are We Still so Angry?

Workers unload the numerals 2 and 0 for News Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, December 11, 2019. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)We have one ‘change’ election after another, driven by voters who don’t really know what they want beyond ‘not this.’

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better.

In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in The Rational Optimist that things were better than they appeared.

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Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Popping Point of Maximum Pressure

President Donald Trump walks from Air Force One as he arrives in St. Louis, Mo., July 26, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)The U.S. is gaining momentum in our standoffs with China, Iran, and North Korea. So expect dangerous provocations.

Donald Trump promised to shake up U.S. foreign policy. He has certainly done that from the Middle East to Asia. The U.S.

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Calls for National Unity Mask Ideological Ambition

Pete Buttigieg holds a town hall event in Creston, Iowa, November 25, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)Presidents and partisans try to mask ideological victory in platitudes about political togetherness.

‘The purpose of the presidency is not the glorification of the president,” South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg recently declared, “but the unification of the American people.”

Treacle like this has been a mainstay of presidential candidates for decades.

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Trump’s War-Crimes Pardons Weaken Our Military’s Moral Fiber

Members of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard salute during playing of the National Anthem. February 12, 2004. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters)An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly.

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel.

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Opponents of ‘Unfettered Capitalism’ Are Fighting a Phantom

Senator Marco Rubio speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, March 14, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)We put plenty of restraints on economic activity. What we don’t need is unfettered government.

Enemies of unfettered capitalism, unite!

For as long as I can remember, people on the left have complained about “unfettered capitalism.” Moderate liberals do it, and of course flat-out Marxists do it.

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Shaking Down the Rich Is Bad for Democracy

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The more citizens believe that a small group of undeserving wealthy people are denying them nice things, the uglier our politics will become.

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy.

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