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Luke Phillips
2016
Donald Trump Is Not Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli sought to bring Britain into the future; Trump seeks to restore a golden past.

America in the 21st Century
Where Are the Whigs (When We Need Them)?

A key political tradition that helped build this country and guide its great statesmen deserves a revival.

Blue For Who?
The Cost of a Minimum Wage Raise

Already LA’s minimum wage increase is threatening to suppress jobs and push companies out of the city. Some policies—even well-intentioned ones—tend not to work, and a high minimum wage is one of them.

Missing Moderates
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Rockefeller Republican Redemption?

Moderate Republicans have failed to thrive in part because over the past half-century they haven’t built a political and intellectual infrastructure to match the conservative wing of the party.

Yet Another Kick To Malthus
The Case of the Incredible Expanding Tomatoes

Scientists have discovered how to make super-fruit. Thomas Malthus is rolling over in his grave.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
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Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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