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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Donald Trump: Will Power Educate the Potentate?

Bedeviled by Donald Trump, a populist, hardball Republican presidential nominee, Americans need as rarely before, the political wisdom of their sages. The institutional protections of check and balance government are fundamental but not sufficient to deter demagogic outcomes. This year’s... Continue Reading →

Now Is the Time to Break ISIS

Victory or defeat in war is often as much psychological as it is military. Military forces fight to impose their wills, and at a certain moment, even if the weapons are not yet silent, one side or the other loses... Continue Reading →

The Future of ISIS: Al Qaeda 2.0?

President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address spent a couple of paragraphs discussing the terrorist threat to the American homeland. In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, he felt obliged to say what is obvious: that while the... Continue Reading →

“Evidence accumulates that Islamic State is headed for oblivion”

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address spent a couple of paragraphs discussing the terrorist threat to the American homeland. Faced with heightened fear of terrorism after the San Bernardino attack, he felt obliged to say what is obvious:... Continue Reading →

France: The National Front’s Defeat Was Predictable

Charles de Gaulle saves France again: The National Front is boxed out by France’s electoral system Charles de Gaulle from beyond the tomb is again saving France from the French, i.e. from the French people’s penchant for periodic self-immolation. The... Continue Reading →

Islamic State Is Going Down

Understandably the San Bernadino terrorist attack has mesmerized many Americans, terrorized by Islamic State’s capacity to inspire or to command mass killings and bombings. It’s all too easy for people to be swept up in the fear that the Islamic... Continue Reading →

We Need a Cosmopolitan American President

Being a Real American is always an asset for U.S. presidential candidates. Voters like it, identify with it, feel reassured by it and they will even excuse some wild behavior by those they feel fit the bill. This time around,... Continue Reading →

Francois Hollande’s Finest Hour

As a longtime writer on French politics who was critical of François Hollande’s performance since the feckless early days of his presidency, it’s gratifying to report that Hollande is finally taking the measure of his job and the responsibility it... Continue Reading →

The World Needs an American President With Cosmopolitan Instincts

Being a Real American is always an asset for U.S. presidential candidates. Voters like it, identify with it, feel reassured by it and they will even excuse some wild behavior by those they feel fit the bill. This time around,... Continue Reading →

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