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Why Rand Paul is Ridiculous

I think Rand Paul is a buffoon. I choose that word carefully. It is the best word. It’s helpful to read Juan Cole’s assessment of Senator Paul’s foreign policy positions, but there isn’t any consistency there whatsoever, and the reason…

The Middle East Through a New Lens

As America emerged as a superpower in the late-1940’s their strategic thinking was understandably dictated by the lessons they had learned in the global war they had just fought. The outcome of World War Two had hinged primarily on the…

The Unimaginable Irony of Rick Santorum

We know today that racial categories are arbitrary from a scientific point of view. They make sense only subjectively, and what qualifies as “white” is changing all the time. After World War One, when Congress sought to design a new…

A Trip into Polar Bear Country

Just before Christmas, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced their finding that 2014 would be the hottest year in recorded history. This was in accord with preliminary findings by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

We Deserve Corporate Reparations

I’ve known for a long time that the United States’ passionate opposition to the Castro regime in Cuba was driven at the outset largely by powerful people who lost assets when the economy there was nationalized. Some of these people…