Articles by Robin Burk

The Inevitable Unraveling of Our Post-World War II Institutions

Post-World War II institutions are unraveling, and there’s panic here and abroad about it. The transnational Left is starting to lose the means by which it seeks to shape the world without voter involvement. And the neo-cons are seeing their means of geopolitical intervention weaken. It’s worth reading what Matthew Continetti wrote recently, after the […]

All Your Data Are Belong to Us

What do the forced brainwashing of Uighurs, mandatory government registration to own a phone or an online account, extradition of a former corporate chief financial officer to the United States and retaliatory imprisonment of two Canadians, a recent surprise for Germany’s Angela Merkel, and the Internet of Things have to do with one another? They […]

Espionage, Chinese Style

“Chinese infiltration of US labs caught science agencies off guard,” blares a headline in Nature, arguably the most prestigious establishment scientific journal in the West. “China has diverted US government funds to bolster its military and economic aims, a US Senate panel says.” Oh? Do tell. The article continues: US science agencies’ slow response to […]

Blame the Impeachment Flop on Botox

Perhaps you saw this before the tweeter took it down: a badly photoshopped image purporting to be U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) with a nasty look on her face, flipping the bird while former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich testified in the House impeachment proceedings on Friday. O’Malley apologized later, after video showed that the GOP representative […]

Data Disrupts The Deep State Narrative

The deep state, and the administrative elites more broadly, are in deep digital trouble. And so are their current narratives. But it’s not clear they fully realize it yet. We all love a good story. Stories delight us, reassure us, carry us away to another world. They are hypnotic. We narrow our focus, ignore our […]

Shakespeare at the Pentagon

Scene: A conference room on the 5th floor. Mark Antony rises and moves to the front where a PowerPoint slide displayed on the video wall announces that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has been cancelled. Friends, Americans, Congressmen, lend me your ears. I come to bury the Joint Strike Fighter, not to praise it. […]

Chemotherapy for the Republic

If you’re like me, you know someone—a friend, a loved one, perhaps you yourself—who has battled cancer. Nasty stuff. Cancer is insidious. It starts with a few rogue cells, grows silently, and if allowed, metastasizes until all the body’s resources are sucked into feeding its voracious growth. It’s the supreme betrayal, turning the body’s own […]

Don’t Just Resist—Insist!

It takes clarity and consistency to face down an extinction burst successfully. “An extinction what,” you ask? “Extinction burst” is the term behavioral scientists use to explain the angry, escalating, often violent response you get when you say “No” after having said “Yes” in the past. An extinction burst is what your toddler does when […]

Has the Intel Community Become a Danger to Our Republic?

As Americans learn about Foreign Intelligence Security Act abuses and the misuse of national security data for political purposes—executed by contractors until then NSA Director Admiral Rogers learned of it and halted the program, they are justly disturbed. Elements in our government were spying on a presidential campaign and on the Trump White House itself. […]

Manipulating Science in the Data Age

Who are you going to believe—my academic paper/editorial/meme or your lying eyes? It’s a pressing question in today’s world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, faked videos, and tendentious scientific claims—and particularly pressing in light of ambitious, far-reaching policy proposals based on data analytics and models. Perhaps you remember Climategate 1.0, when emails from the UK’s […]

Horse Tribes, Bee Hives, and the American Dream

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What Trump Understands That Kevin Williamson Doesn’t

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Our Elites Have Lost the ‘Mandate of Heaven’

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