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On Madmen, Russia and Ukraine

This entry provides a longer analysis and documentation of points I will make in a public forum sponsored by Shawnee State University on the conflict in Ukraine on 3-16-22. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is clearly a violation of international law, has destabilized the international order and resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe. Moreover, rather than … Continue reading On Madmen, Russia and Ukraine

Why Centrist Democrats are Wrong

In a recent column, political commentator and centrist Democrat  Fareed Zakaria  argues that the current round of progressive policy proposals such as The Green New Deal  and Single Payer Health Care  are the wrong ideas for the Democratic Party. The right ideas, according to Zakaria, are the kinds of "wonky proposals" that centrists have advocated over the last … Continue reading Why Centrist Democrats are Wrong

Who’s afraid of Socialism?

As a recent  article in the  The New Republic  notes, the word "socialism" has become virtually meaningless in American politics.  President Trump throws the word around as a scare tactic ,  Kamala Harris disavows it,  Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Octavio Cortes celebrate it, while others use it as a euphemism for National Health Insurance. It is not surprising … Continue reading Who’s afraid of Socialism?

Democrats and Foreign Policy: Round 2

The recent    controversy    surrounding   Ilhan Omar   has  got me thinking more about both the Democrats and Republicans on foreign policy.  In reflecting on her comments, I am inclined to agree that her reference to "Benjamins" was at best, an unthinking resort to anti-Semitic tropes.  An     interesting article    in The Atlantic makes the argument that this kind of statement makes the sort of public discussion we need to have about Israel … Continue reading Democrats and Foreign Policy: Round 2

The Democrats’ Foreign Policy Problem

If one begins from the premise that the goal is to replace Donald Trump with a Progressive Democrat in 2020, there are  good reasons not to support Tulsi Gabbard in her Presidential bid. Then again, there are also  good reasons not to support Kamala Harris,   or for that matter, any of the erstwhile  centrist alternatives. My point … Continue reading The Democrats’ Foreign Policy Problem

In response to Paris, the Newt spouts dangerous nonsense.

  An absolutely horrific act was committed in Nice, France last week. Like the attack in Florida, the murderer had only tenuous and recent ties  to Daesh (ISIS), though Daesh (ISIS) has embraced the murderer of dozens of people as a soldier. Then there was an attempted coup in Turkey which is now being followed by revenge … Continue reading In response to Paris, the Newt spouts dangerous nonsense.