Michael S. Kochin

About Michael S. Kochin

Michael Kochin is Professor Extraordinarius of Political Science 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. Kochin has published two books: Five Chapters on Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, and Art (2009) and Gender and Rhetoric in Plato’s Political Thought (2002). He is currently working with the historian Michael Taylor on a book on the rise of the United States from independence to great power, entitled An Independent Empire: Diplomacy & War in the Making of the United States, 1776-1826.

Combating the Power of Media Lies

In the last few days two supposed revelations  have shaken Donald Trump’s Presidency. The first, the May 15 Washington Post claim that in a meeting with Russian officials the previous week, President Trump “revealed to them highly classified information.” The Posts’ anonymous sources, went on to assert that “Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical

By | 2017-05-24T18:12:13+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Draining the Academic Swamp

Civil rights historian Abigail Thernstrom once spoke of the American campus as “an island of repression in a sea of freedom.” That was in 1989. At the high tide of freedom we who believed in unfettered inquiry and free speech believed these islands might “stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which

By | 2017-05-14T15:02:43+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Chairman of the Board Trump

  With the rise of the modern corporation, we have come to see the corporate CEO as the paradigm for leadership. We expect that Trump, the first president whose entire experience of leadership is in business, would work as we imagine today’s CEOs work, or especially the most visible CEOs, the heads of

By | 2017-05-14T15:04:29+00:00 April 13th, 2017|

America Needs Constitutionalist Judges, not Conservative Ones

If we are asking whether a judicial nominee is a "conservative," we are asking the wrong question. In foreign and domestic policy, Barack Obama has left a legacy to President Trump that it will take years of hard work to overcome. The racial tensions and hatred of police that Obama and his Holder/Lynch

By | 2017-01-23T10:32:07+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|

Most Great to Them that Know

The City of God Christians, we are told by the greatest of their teachers going back to Augustine, are citizens of two cities: An earthly city to which they owe the duties commanded by the laws, and a heavenly city to which they owe their primary loyalty as subjects of the Kingship of

By | 2016-12-08T15:01:09+00:00 December 8th, 2016|

America’s Interest in Sharing the World

Since 1941, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt dictated the principles of the Atlantic Charter to Winston Churchill, American elites have thought in terms of “running the world.” It is possible to argue endlessly about the successes and failures of the United States in building a liberal world order that has done well by the world and

By | 2016-11-01T10:50:44+00:00 November 1st, 2016|

She Blinded Me With ‘Science’!

Tonight’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is sure to bring many heated exchanges and supply plenty of soundbites for tomorrow’s morning news shows. In this unpredictable campaign, it’s hard to anticipate what the contours of those outtakes might be.  But it’s a fair bet Clinton will spend some time making the charge that

By | 2016-09-26T14:20:44+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Election Day in Dreamland

  Barney Frank famously said, “Government is simply a word for the things we decide to do together.” Whatever one may say about the ultimate shallowness of that reflection, it has some application when it comes to America’s opiate crisis. Heroin, it turns out, is just a name for something we do together. Sam Quinones

By | 2016-08-26T14:41:24+00:00 August 26th, 2016|