Democrats Willing to Let America Lose the Space Race

The chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Representative José Serrano (D-N.J.), is proposing that NASA scrap its objective of placing astronauts on the moon by 2024. Serrano and fellow House Democrats are pushing for the passage of H.R. 5666, which would completely overturn key aspects of the Trump Administration’s vital national

By | 2020-02-02T23:40:49-07:00 February 2nd, 2020|Tags: |

Teasing the Tiger

It is impossible to understand Spain today without using the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) as a guide to everything that has happened since. “Spain’s present starts in 1936,” declared author Javier Cercas Mena. With this in mind, we have no option but to begin there as well. With the abdication of Alphonso XIII in 1931

By | 2020-02-02T00:44:43-07:00 January 31st, 2020|Tags: |

As U.S. Pressures Beijing, the U.K. Kowtows to Huawei

It seemed so logical: once the “Brexit” from the European Union finally concluded, the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States would strengthen. This appeared even more likely in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party’s electoral landslide. But never underestimate the power of European “nuanced” diplomacy to

By | 2020-01-31T19:45:45-07:00 January 31st, 2020|Tags: |

A Very British Goodbye

Perhaps the penny has dropped. All 50 of them. In just a handful of hours, Great Britain leaves the European Union. Plagues of locusts, pestilence, and lepers wait patiently in the wings. From where I’m sitting, though, all looks rosy. No marauding gangs of mottled malcontents seething in the streets. A distinct lack of killer

By | 2020-02-02T00:46:33-07:00 January 30th, 2020|Tags: |

Democracy Dies In Diverse Societies

“Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years,” say researchers at the University of Cambridge. “The UK and the United States had particularly high levels of discontent.” No wonder. Certainly, America is a severely divided country. “Severely divided societies are short on community,” and “community is a prerequisite

By | 2020-02-02T00:47:13-07:00 January 30th, 2020|Tags: |

Does the Coronavirus Outbreak Tell Us That China Is Bad or Evil?

There were 7,711 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in mainland China on Thursday. The number of confirmed cases has grown by about one-third per day for the past several days—a disturbingly steep growth curve for a highly contagious virus that is said to mutate rapidly. And that is already more than the 5,327 infections that

By | 2020-02-02T00:45:36-07:00 January 30th, 2020|Tags: |

The Perils of Jacksonian Foreign Policy

When America killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, many observers dubbed the airstrike a “Jacksonian” move. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said Trump’s airstrike made him “Andrew Jackson of the Persian Gulf” and “this was exactly what a certain kind of Trump supporter voted for.” Douthat's column expressed cautious sympathy for Jacksonian

By | 2020-01-29T23:12:42-07:00 January 29th, 2020|Tags: |

Trade Policy Is Always Political First

Today, we tend to think of trade policy as an economic debate. Proponents and opponents of free trade argue on economic grounds: proponents say that the benefits outweigh any costs, and opponents disagree. But the history of trade policy shows that trade has always been a political matter first, and economic second. The first wave

By | 2020-01-31T19:47:26-07:00 January 29th, 2020|Tags: |

Goodbye and Good Riddance to the EU

After years of manic anguish, threats, intrigue, and maneuver, the United Kingdom will finally leave the European Union on Friday. Big Ben should be tolling. Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead! Dorothy can go back to Kansas—or the Midlands. The lifelong ambition of Nigel Farage deserves a lordship and a knighthood for his undying

By | 2020-01-28T22:03:12-07:00 January 28th, 2020|Tags: |

As China Carries Disease, Elites Carry Their Water

Two dangerous infectious agents are emerging from China. One is the coronavirus. The other is the Chinese Communist Party. Just as a virus infects the cellular mechanics of healthy organisms to make replicas of itself, the CCP hijacks independent organizations and institutions and reprograms them to serve its ideology. It is no exaggeration to blame

By | 2020-01-29T23:07:25-07:00 January 28th, 2020|Tags: |

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