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Putting the Chinese Flights in Context

China’s incursions into Taiwan’s airspace are nothing new, and American focus should be on its own interests and sovereignty. Over the past week, China has flown an increased number of military planes around Taiwan airspace. Some on the American right have responded to China’s escalation in kind rhetorically, presenting further violations of Taiwan’s sovereignty as…

Don’t Compare Covid-19 to the 1918 Spanish Flu

If we’re honest with ourselves, almost however you look at it, they had it worse back then. “COVID-19 Is Now the Deadliest Pandemic in American History,” wrote Time. “Covid Is Officially America’s Deadliest Pandemic As U.S. Fatalities Surpass 1918 Flu Estimates,” said CNBC. “Coronavirus Death Toll In U.S. Eclipses 1918 Influenza Pandemic Estimates,” was ABC…

How to Respond to China’s Geopolitical Kidnappings

Without resorting to further extraterritorial overreach, America and its allies can counter Chinese retributive detainment. China as kidnapper has become that ancient nation’s latest incarnation. A century ago it was global victim, battered and divided by the West, including America. Then it became a friend, as Christian missionaries flooded in after the collapse of moribund…

Root Causes and the Subversion of Democracy

Migrants cross the Rio Grande River near a temporary migrant camp under the international bridge on September 18, 2021 in Del Rio, Texas. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)Earlier in 2021, government estimates indicated that the total of illegal crossings over America’s southern border this fiscal year may reach 2 million. One wonders whether the officials…

What Does ‘Elite’ Even Mean?

A true third way in American politics would be one that represents the interests of non-elites. What does “elite” mean? What is the significance of the word when it is used adjectivally (in phrases like “elite habits,” for example)? To whom are we referring when we use the word as a plural noun, especially in…

Turning the Liberal Ratchet

The conquest of the world by corporate powers is just the next step in a process that’s been going on for at least four centuries. Blame it all on Thomas Hobbes.Chapter XIII of Leviathan, “Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery,” is one of the best known and most destructive passages…

Building a Family-Friendly Country

Hungary continues to take the lead in making family and family policy a focus of political life. American conservatives should pay attention.When you step off the plane at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport, the jet bridge greets you with something unusual by American standards. Instead of the usual walls of advertisements for profit-padding airline credit…

Snuffing Out Small Business

A smoke shop in rural Michigan is just one example of how Covid policies have destroyed the most vulnerable layer of our economy. “It’s killing me,” Darlene Webb tells me.She and her husband Jon are the owners and proprietors of J.R. Smoke Shop in Hillsdale, Michigan. For the American right’s young best and brightest, their…

Vote ‘Yes’ on Class Warfare

Tyrants at home who would take away our liberties are a greater threat than despots abroad. Police at anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Australia. (By Auliviart/Shutterstock) Last month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, was busy trying to persuade other European states to take a stand against…

With All Due Respect

President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan has produced just the exposure the generals hoped to avoid with Trump’s defeat. Presidents usually get the generals they want. In the last election, though, the generals got the president they wanted. Or, at least, so they thought.It’s easy to understand. President Trump was a menace to the generals,…