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Has Democracy Become a Threadbare Reality?

Has Democracy Become a Threadbare Reality?

The idea that governments are the instrument of the people rather than an established ruling class became universally accepted as a feature of "evolved civilization" at some point in the 20th century. It is applied even in many traditional monarchies, such as the United Kingdom and Spain, though...

Some Boots on the Ground Leave Odd Footprints

Some Boots on the Ground Leave Odd Footprints

Most people consider the trillions of dollars spent by the Americans on military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to have been a waste of money and the sign of a failed vision. When US President Joe Biden reasoned that it was time to put a stop to the spending, he claimed it had long ago achieved...

Congress Adjourns While the Nation Burns

Congress Adjourns While the Nation Burns

While the fate of many in Afghanistan hangs in the balance, at least Americans at home can breathe a sigh of relief. Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate are on vacation for weeks to come. Citizens of the nation’s capital can recapture their identity from the out-of-town blowhards...

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

My wife and I were recently driving in Virginia, amazed yet again that the GPS technology on our phones could guide us through a thicket of highways, around road accidents and toward our precise destination. The artificial intelligence (AI) behind the soothing voice telling us where to turn has...

Squandered Resolve Puts Transformation at Risk in America

Squandered Resolve Puts Transformation at Risk in America

Now that the internationalists and their kindred neoconservatives have had their moment in the sun and reestablished America’s “greatness” on the world stage, it is time to get back to the domestic challenge of trying to bring the reality of America into closer proximity to President Joe...

UFOs and the Strategy of Affirmative Uncertainty

UFOs and the Strategy of Affirmative Uncertainty

In recent months, the build-up has been accelerating. In recent weeks, the media would hardly let a day go by without whetting the appetites of those who expected everyone’s favorite truthteller, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to reveal the long-awaited truth. Analyzing the...

Fulbright, Vietnam and the Problem of Purity in US Politics

Fulbright, Vietnam and the Problem of Purity in US Politics

Though few millennials recognize his name other than as the title of a scholarship fund, Senator J. William Fulbright (1905-1995) stands as one of the most important and influential US politicians of his time. For the generation of young Americans appalled by the knee-jerk militarism coupled with...

The Sad Reality of US Dealmaking

The Sad Reality of US Dealmaking

The fallout from US President Joe Biden’s week in Europe has just begun. There was no dramatic moment that sums it up, though the media vaguely hoped the one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin might produce something akin to the jabs, uppercuts and right crosses of Rocky Balboa vs....

The Next Surge of Trumpism

The Next Surge of Trumpism

I went to a birthday party recently. The celebrants greeted each other with hugs on the patio. After an outdoor barbeque dinner, we stood shoulder to shoulder around the island in the kitchen, eating cake from small paper plates. We sang “Happy Birthday.” Ordinarily, an event like that...

The New Police State

The New Police State

The world Americans now live in has acquired all the trappings of a police state. But unlike police states of the past, with soldiers at every street corner, the police and their policing techniques have become invisible. Invisibility is the key to their efficacy. We mustn’t see what is ensuring...

Are Americans Waiting for a Cyber Apocalypse?

Are Americans Waiting for a Cyber Apocalypse?

America has a serious infrastructure problem. Maybe when I say that what comes to mind are all the potholes on your street. Or the dismal state of public transportation in your city. Or crumbling bridges all over the country. But that’s so 20th century of you. America’s most urgent...

Biden Scores Key Wins in First 100 Days

Biden Scores Key Wins in First 100 Days

US politics has certain steadfast traditions. Evaluating a new president 100 days into their job is one of them, a custom that began when Franklin D. Roosevelt took the helm as the 32nd president in 1933. Many a time, these evaluations tend to pit the new president’s performance against...

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