Michael S. Kochin

About Michael S. Kochin

Michael S. Kochin is Professor Extraordinarius in the School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations at Tel Aviv University. He received his A.B. in mathematics from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He has held visiting appointments at Yale, Princeton, Toronto, Claremont McKenna College, and the Catholic University of America. He has written widely on the comparative analysis of institutions, political thought, politics and literature, and political rhetoric. With the historian Michael Taylor he has written An Independent Empire: Diplomacy & War in the Making of the United States, 1776-1826, which is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press.

Shallow Politics and Deep Politics

In January, three new telegenic, outspoken, and self-proclaimed “progressive” congresswomen took their seats: Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Omar, a former refugee from Somalia who has maintained political connections there, brought to Capitol Hill her baggage of Islamist political affiliations and credible claims of immigration fraud; Tlaib, born

By | 2019-07-19T13:16:38-07:00 July 19th, 2019|

The Hour of Avigdor

The connections between America and Israel are deep: grounded on religious cultural, and political ties that go well back before Israel’s founding. What’s more, Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s whole political existence has been a decades-long struggle against globalist leaders and transnational institutions that aim to subvert national independence and democratic rule. The

By | 2019-06-03T15:56:30-07:00 June 3rd, 2019|

Out of Syria

Wednesday afternoon Israel time I was outlining with my collaborator Yoav Kapshuk our paper on the meaning of the Syrian civil war and its resolution for the future of world order. As soon as I got off the phone with Dr. Kapshuk, I saw on my news feed that President Trump had declared

By | 2018-12-21T21:20:26-07:00 December 21st, 2018|

Starbucks Socialism

For decades, my parents have frequented one “Bamboo Gardens,” a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in possession of that rare treasure in the neighborhood of Seattle Center: its own private parking lot. Shortly after it opened the owners put up a large sign reading “No Thai Parking.” The allusion was not to some quarrel among

By | 2018-08-12T22:05:13-07:00 August 13th, 2018|

Packing and Unpacking the Court

In response to President Trump being called upon, once again, to exercise his constitutional power to fill a seat on the Supreme Court, Democrats broke the outrage meter. University of Baltimore Law School teacher Garrett Epps wrote at The Atlantic that “on the day the Democrats hold power to alter the makeup of

By | 2019-04-20T15:09:15-07:00 July 28th, 2018|

Second Amendment Duties

I don’t own a gun. I have never fired a gun. That means that my safety, the safety of my family, and the security of my country are dependent upon those who, unlike me, are able, trained, ready, and armed. Some of those people are the police and soldiers I pay for through

By | 2017-10-04T13:30:12-07:00 October 4th, 2017|

A Tale of Two Cities: Charlottesville v. Seattle

What happened in Charlottesville? Here is the “drive-by” media narrative: a progressive mayor and his progressive deputy worked to remove a statue of slaveholder and traitor Robert E. Lee from a city park. A vile bunch of neo-nazis and white supremacists came from all over the country to protest and to do violence

By | 2017-08-16T11:08:44-07:00 August 14th, 2017|

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