In the Global Culture War, People and Paintings Are Both at Risk

In John Frankenheimer’s 1964 World War II drama, “The Train,” an art-loving Nazi colonel strips a French museum of its treasured paintings. To the dismay of the museum’s curator, the colonel has the paintings crated up and loaded aboard a train bound for Germany. The curator appeals to the Resistance for help, but with the

By | 2020-01-27T20:11:16-07:00 January 25th, 2020|Tags: |

Picking the Wrong Fight in the Philippines

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have been in a war of words with the government of the Philippines, led by President Rodrigo Duterte. Allowed to fester, this conflict could threaten U.S.-Philippine relations and drive the Philippines closer to China. At the end of 2019, Leahy and Durbin added explosive language to the

By | 2020-01-25T18:26:27-07:00 January 25th, 2020|Tags: |

Espresso Populism

The Italian province of Emilia-Romagna is found where the north side of the Apennines slope gently toward the Po River Valley. Densely populated since ancient times, a quarter of its territory is mountainous and almost half is flat plain, packed tight with farms, communes, small towns, and big cities. The third-wealthiest region in the European

By | 2020-01-27T20:11:58-07:00 January 24th, 2020|Tags: |

Pro: President Trump Poised to Make History with ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

Just a decade ago, I never could have imagined technology, agriculture, and Donald Trump would share an intersection in public discourse. Since returning from a recent visit to Taiwan, Sino-American trade and President Trump’s historic “Phase One” trade deal have been at the forefront of thinking. Traveling abroad is often the surest way to witness

By | 2020-01-23T19:30:23-07:00 January 23rd, 2020|Tags: |

Con: ‘Phase One’ Is a Cave to China

Boris Johnson, the purported populist-right champion and celebrated British partner of the Trump Administration, made a decision Wednesday that got little press this side of the Atlantic: his government will defy Washington and allow technology produced by Huawei, an agent of the Chinese state, to be used in the production of his nation’s new 5G

By | 2020-01-23T19:30:15-07:00 January 23rd, 2020|Tags: |

Europe Fusses and Fidgets While Trump Defends America

The response to America’s killing of Iranian terrorist chief General Qassem Soleimani illustrates again how useless the Western alliance has become, and how correct this administration is to have defined U.S. national security interests and deployed forces adequate to maintain those interests itself. The reaction of Europe to the Soleimani incident has been one of

By | 2020-01-23T19:09:15-07:00 January 23rd, 2020|Tags: |

Beyond Davos: Finding Economic Independence and Prosperity

President Trump appeared at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year as vir triumphalis—the man of triumph. He presides over an American economy that boasts low unemployment, rising wages, and a booming stock market. Most notably, as he was quick to remind his audience in the Swiss Alps: “America achieved this stunning turnaround

By | 2020-01-23T19:12:30-07:00 January 22nd, 2020|Tags: |

What Comes After the Collapse of Davos?

The Financial Times recently highlighted the continued collapse of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a forum for serious debate and repurposing of efforts between the private sector and governments to sort out global challenges. Not only is Davos Man dead but so too, according to many pundits, is the globalism and greenwashing that made

By | 2020-01-23T19:16:46-07:00 January 19th, 2020|Tags: |

Congressional Inaction and Hypocrisy on Illegal Immigration

House Democrats announced this week that they are launching an investigation into the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, known colloquially as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. It’s the latest attempt by Democrats to undo the Trump Administration’s aggressive—and, so far, successful—policies to reduce illegal migration at the southern border. For a policy that

By | 2020-01-19T22:22:10-07:00 January 18th, 2020|Tags: |

Trump’s Blind Spot on Immigration

President Trump’s recent interview with Laura Ingraham highlighted an aspect of his views on immigration that doesn’t get enough attention: He wants to increase immigration. High-skilled or low-skilled, temporary or permanent, the president’s desire has been consistent: “We need people!” Apparently, 1.1 million new permanent immigrants a year—plus hundreds of thousands of “temporary” workers—just isn’t

By | 2020-01-19T21:25:25-07:00 January 18th, 2020|Tags: |

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