Immigration Is the Solution for the Falling US Birth Rate

May 07, 2021

Germany faces a major crisis. The German birth rate is considerably below what’s needed to replace the population. German seniors, meanwhile, are living longer and drawing more on state resources for their pensions and health care. There are basically two ways out of this demographic...

Has the US Always Been at War?
May 04, 2021

Has the US Always Been at War?

Are Americans Waiting for a Cyber Apocalypse?
Apr 30, 2021

Are Americans Waiting for a Cyber Apocalypse?

German Nationalism, From Revolution to Illiberalism
Apr 23, 2021

German Nationalism, From Revolution to Illiberalism

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Apr 05, 2021

A conflict between the United States and China seems increasingly likely. A trade war that began several years ago has had economic repercussions for both sides. In the South China Sea, Chinese aggression against Taiwan is checked by the US military. In cybersphere, the war has already begun, as...

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Apr 02, 2021

In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers...

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

Mar 31, 2021

Since people invented writing, communications technology has become steadily more high-bandwidth, pervasive and persuasive, taking a commensurate toll on human attention and cognition. In that bandwidth war between machines and humans, the machines’ latest weapon is a class of statistical...

The Sports Pages of Death

The Sports Pages of Death

Mar 24, 2021

Here’s one of the things I now do every morning. I go to the online Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and check out the figures there — global coronavirus cases and deaths, US coronavirus cases and deaths. And I do so the way that, not so long ago, I would have opened the...

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

Mar 13, 2021

By some weird fluke, I may be the most famous male pole dancer in the world this month. Not by any means the best, strongest or most graceful. Maybe the oldest and certainly the most unlikely. Being the opposite of a typical pole enthusiast gives me the perfect stage, in brief, to sing the...

The Quest to Paint the World Green

The Quest to Paint the World Green

Mar 12, 2021

Once upon a time, a rich hypochondriac was complaining about pains in his head and stomach. He consulted a wise man who pointed out that the root of the problem lay somewhere else: in the man’s eyes. To resolve the persistent headache and stomachache, the sage suggested focusing on just one...

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

Mar 10, 2021

An endgame, traditionally, brings both bad and good news. An endgame is always tense because those involved know things are coming to a head. We can see this in the battle theaters in Yemen over the past weeks. What we don’t see is the reality of how those battles are actually progressing...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Feb 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

Why Are India’s Farmers Protesting?

Why Are India’s Farmers Protesting?

Feb 17, 2021

Indian farmers have lately made international headlines. Popstar Rihanna, actor Susan Sarandon and activist Greta Thunberg have taken up their cause. Ozy, a glitzy Silicon Valley publication posed a provocative question: “Will the World Step In?” The story playing out in international media...

Beating Back the Far Right

Beating Back the Far Right

Feb 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

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