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Everyone Is Special

Most countries think they’re special, and they have a master narrative to prove it. The key to making American diplomacy more effective lies in figuring out what those narratives are.

Separated at Birth?

America may once have been “exceptional” next to Europe, but it is so no longer.

Our Pacific Predicament

If America isn’t careful, rising nationalisms in China and Japan may “pivot” it into a strategic typhoon.

Iranian Nukes and Global Oil

Whatever the main dangers of Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons, it would also wreak havoc in the international oil mar- ket. That, too, would have major strategic consequences.

The First Freedom

Of all the world’s major religious faith communities, only Islam has yet to acknowledge the autonomy of politics from religion. The aspirations of any American “Freedom Agenda” must acknowledge the reality that, where there is an established “church” of that sort, political liberty cannot develop or remain secure.

America’s Missing Moderates: Hiding in Plain Sight

The November elections confirmed that instability is the watchword in U.S. politics today. The only similar period in our history is the late 19th century—when the political economy was also being buffeted by rapid technological and social change.

Moral Matter

Continuing breakthroughs in neuroscience have given rise to shelves full of new books wherein interpreters and popularizers propose to tell us what it all means. Several have taken on the neurochemistry of right and wrong.

The Vicissitudes of Jewish Exceptionalism

Even Jewish self-hatred, in contemporary America no less than in Weimar Germany, bears a characteristically Jewish form.

Monster Rally

Universal Studios has refurbished and reissued some of its classic horror fare going back to the early 1930s. Some of this stuff turns out to be scarier than ever, for reasons you wouldn’t expect.

Albert O. Hirschman, 1915-2012

D ecember 2012 saw the passing of the great development economist, Albert O. Hirschman, at the age of 97. Development economists spend their time these days performing randomized controlled experiments, in which a particular intervention like co-payments for mosquito bed nets are introduced into one group of villages and not into another matched set. This […]

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