Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
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American Ideals and Interests
Is Pompeo’s Rights Commission More or Less Than Meets the Eye?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights isn’t about rolling back abortion and same-sex marriage, as some critics contend. It’s about resisting the modern trend of conflating civil rights with human rights in the service of parochial political claims.

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Victor Gillam, “The Immigrant” (1903) via Wikimedia Commons
Skills-Based Immigration
Good Idea, Bad Reasons, Worse Context

On the merits, Trump’s push for skills-based immigration is sound policy. But he may end up discrediting it with his own bigotry.

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Bill Witt, “Greeting at $2.00 Shoes, Lower East Side, New York City,” Art Institute of Chicago
All Politics Is Local
The Elite Blind Spots on Immigration

Immigration is a lot more complex than the simple morality-play version we typically get from the media. If you want to understand why, try talking to your neighbors.

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Reefer Madness
Follow the Weed Money

Money lust is now driving the trend toward legalizing marijuana. We may end up doing the right thing—or the wrong thing—for all the wrong reasons.

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Andy Warhol, “Campbell’s Soup Cans” (1962)
An Editor’s Frustrations
In Search of an Advertising Tax

Trying to get a competent author to examine the idea of taxing advertising turned out to be an exercise in waiting for Godot.

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The Urban/Rural Divide
Ideas in Search of Authors

How some of the most interesting ideas an editor has never make it into print.

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Taxation & Representation
DC Statehood? There’s a Better Way

How to give District residents all the rights due to them without the trouble of adding a new state to the union.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Ilhan Omar and the Jews

Knowingly or not, Ilhan Omar is acting like a designated provocateur, playing her role in a shrewd effort to seize control of the Democratic Party. But her rhetoric has deep roots in American politics.

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5G-willikers!
The Tragedy of Our Tech-Besotted Age

Plumbing the origins of America’s rampant consumerism in its relentless technological optimism.

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We the People
Even the Easy Parts Are Hard

A normal, sane legislature could fix Social Security forever and end government shutdowns in a single day. But our two-party monopoly Congress is neither normal nor sane.

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