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Why Governments Want More Centralization—and Less Federalism

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. History

Blog2 hours ago

America’s founders did not envision the federal government as the domineering senior partner in almost everything. What was once best described as “sovereign States, united solely for specified joint purposes” has been largely eviscerated.

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Let's Abolish Those Presidential Medals of Freedom

U.S. History

Blog01/19/2021

Never trust a president's judgment when it comes to what constitutes freedom. The absurd presidential record on Medals of Freedom illustrates this well. 

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It's Time for a National Divorce

Decentralization and Secession

Blog01/19/2021

The polarization reached a peak on January 6, but more peaks are sure to come. Perhaps this year, perhaps down the road. But they’re going to happen, and they could be much worse in the future.

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A Welcome Attack on Churchill and Wilson

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/19/2021

What seems to me the great strength of Pankaj Mishra's new book is its demonstration that the atrocities of imperial conquest and rule prefigured the horrors of the European wars of the twentieth century and later wars of conquest as well.

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Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/18/2021

Foreign policy apparatchiks are adept at gaslighting the public into believing they’re bringing troops back home when in reality they’re either shifting troops around or just biding their time until a new round of "boots on the ground."

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When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/18/2021

Many observers of international affairs assume that larger, more populous states are necessarily more powerful. But the reality is wealth and economic development are the most critical factors in securing true military power. 

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Why the Covid Shutdowns of Public Schools Are Driving So Many to Homeschooling

EducationLabor and Wages

Blog01/18/2021

Students have been denied in-person schooling. At the same time, millions of women—many of whom have children—have been thrown out of work. Suddenly, homeschooling became a much more viable and necessary option. 

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A Case for One Billion Americans?

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign Policy

Blog01/16/2021

Matthew Yglesias has managed to turn militant anti-Chinese foreign policy into a call for big increases in government spending, and a lot more immigration.

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