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The Canard of Decline

Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.

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SWATted: The Militarization of America’s Police

Perverse Federal policy incentives stemming from the "war on drugs" are overwhelming Americans' Fourth Amendment rights.

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Coltrane’s Ark

John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.

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The Simple Falsehoods of Race

The old debate between W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington lives on, but the terms have been flipped on their heads.

Sot-Weed Factoring

The "great (colonial) American novel" was written more than half a century ago. John Barth's 1960 masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor, keeps improving with age.

Prosperity, Security and Markets

American prosperity and security are linked to the ability of financial markets to stimulate invention and innovation.

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Russia’s Pacific Destiny

Russia and America are natural allies in the north Pacific.

The Indo-Pacific: What’s in a Name?

What statesmen come to call various regions of the world predisposes them to adopt certain strategic concepts over others.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately after winning the general election in September
Back to the Frontier

The rise of Germany is reconfiguring the former Warsaw Pact zone as both the United States and the European Union struggle over a crisis of political economy.

Atlanticism in Retreat

The ambitions of post-Cold War U.S. policy in Central Europe have hit a wall.

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