Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

Oct 20, 2020

Few major events occur in the world now occur without China having a stake, directly or indirectly, in their outcome. That is because Beijing has become a force to be reckoned with, and its influence has grown to rival or even surpass that of the US in many parts of the world. Just as elections...

The New York Times Confesses to Paranoia
Oct 20, 2020

The New York Times Confesses to Paranoia

What Explains Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?
Oct 20, 2020

What Explains Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

The Trump Administration Targets Critical Race Theory
Oct 20, 2020

The Trump Administration Targets Critical Race Theory

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 19, 2020

The future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the Iran nuclear deal — is uncertain. In the absence of US leadership, representatives of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia and Iran met on September 1 in Vienna to discuss the accord. The deal, which imposes...

David Gelernter: The Making of a Trumpista

David Gelernter: The Making of a Trumpista

Oct 16, 2020

After four years of the Trump presidency, it is still not entirely clear why a substantial number of voters in 2016 cast their ballots for a candidate who made it glaringly obvious that he lacked many of the most basic character traits needed to qualify for America’s highest political office. At...

How to Make Money on the Pandemic

How to Make Money on the Pandemic

Oct 16, 2020

Anyone who knows how Wall Street works will not be surprised to learn that when the novel coronavirus epidemic began to turn into a full-fledged pandemic in the first two months of 2020, people in the know saw a major opportunity to play Monopoly. Any major shift affecting society and people’s...

The New Policy of Demoting Democracy

The New Policy of Demoting Democracy

Oct 16, 2020

In November 2000, the battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore for the US presidency was deadlocked over the status of a few thousand votes in Florida. Gore had won the popular vote, but the margin of victory in the Electoral College depended on Florida. In that state, Bush held a very slim lead...

US Election 2020: The Fight of the Machines

US Election 2020: The Fight of the Machines

Oct 15, 2020

Donald Trump is a cult leader with a following of millions. In the minds of cult followers, their leader, by definition, can do no wrong — all his actions are automatically right. The leader has a prophetic vison and a direct line to the divine. They are not bound by the rules and laws...

Reworking US Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Reworking US Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Oct 14, 2020

US foreign policy has shifted dramatically from just a brief 20 years ago. This is not the making of Donald Trump, Xi Jinping or Vladimir Putin. Rather, they are symptoms of forces that have been building since the post-Soviet era. With the ascendency of the US as the global superpower and the...

The Rise and Fall of US Democracy

The Rise and Fall of US Democracy

Oct 14, 2020

A functioning democracy requires an educated, informed population that understands its role in the processes that define how the democratic nation is governed. Ordinary citizens have two opportunities for actively participating in those processes. They can run for office or help those who are...

The Role of Foreign Policy in the US Election

The Role of Foreign Policy in the US Election

Oct 13, 2020

It has become cliché to assert that unless their country is at war, Americans pay scant attention to foreign policy in their presidential elections. On the whole — and assuming a candidate isn’t seen as a warmonger, an accusation made of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in his loss to...

Warren Buffett’s Struggle With Class Struggle

Warren Buffett’s Struggle With Class Struggle

Oct 13, 2020

In his recently published book, “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America,” Kurt Andersen examines and deconstructs the past 50 years of economic history in the US. He tells the story of a disastrous but well-orchestrated trend toward rising and aggravated income inequality that has permitted...

America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

Oct 12, 2020

Yes, when he was running for president, he did indeed say: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible." Then he won — and on November 3 (or thereafter), whether he wins or loses, we’re likely to find out...

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