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.

How to Lose to Bernie

If we don’t want to wake up the first Wednesday in November to a President-elect Bernie Sanders, we need to be clear about what his views actually are, what is wrong with them, and how we can present practical alternatives more likely to continue the prosperity that President Trump has brought to ordinary Americans. Bernie

By | 2020-01-28T22:03:52-07:00 January 28th, 2020|Tags: |

Lincoln Enough

A recent poll, widely reported, found that a slight majority of self-described conservatives say Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln. God only knows what such a response means, in an age when our mass media considers it their democratic duty to dox and fire ordinary people for their opinions, and when most

By | 2019-12-06T18:13:46-07:00 December 6th, 2019|Tags: |

L’etat C’est Nous

Democrats have been threatening Donald Trump with impeachment from practically the moment he won the election, after all the “decent” people in the world had worked together to make sure he lost. Brits like Christopher Steele, the Russian officials who gave Steele bogus claims, and the American diplomats, security officials, and politicians who fed that

By | 2019-09-29T21:07:18-07:00 September 29th, 2019|Tags: |

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|

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