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Picture Credit: Hassan Abbas.

“Men learned to fight like they learned to breathe, without even thinking. They fought dogs, they fought cocks. They fought tiny delicate birds that fit in a human hand and lived in a human coat pocket, and they bet on the results. They fought wars for decades until no one…


A Stasi pass for Colonel Vladimir Putin circa 1980s

A Russian army on the border

After a frenetic week of high-stakes diplomacy between Russia and the United States unraveled and finally came to its conclusion, nothing has emerged to suggest these talks produced anything like the kind of political breakthrough which might avert the security crisis Vladimir Putin has manufactured in Eastern Europe.

Russian demands…


Capitol Attack. Credit: Leah Millis/Reuters.

It is one thing to be authoritarian and another to be conservative. Authoritarianism and conservatism do not necessarily overlap. Or, as Anne Applebaum explains it, "there is nothing right-wing or left-wing about this instinct at all. This write-up is not about authoritarians but about those who play a significant part…

Jefferson’s Parlor, View Looking West (Source: Monticello)

Thomas Jefferson was a man full of nuances, contradictions, and conundrums. Jefferson was also a revolutionary. In his, symbolism and code were essential communication tools for sorting through allies and guaranteeing your own survival.

The parlor in Jefferson’s home, Monticello, was the place where his family, friends, and guests would…

White House Announces New Measures In Battle Against Omicron Variant

U.S. President Joe Biden this week announced new steps in his administration’s efforts to halt the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

The president noted the “millions of cases and record hospitalizations” caused by the coronavirus mutation, and especially the impact on the unvaccinated.

Starting next week, the…

Photo by Maximilian Scheffler on Unsplash

December 26 marked exactly three full decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. This anniversary arrives at a portentous time when Marxist critiques of capitalism are becoming relevant again. Across the political spectrum, capitalism is under attack: critics cite rising economic inequality, deadly pandemic, and the concentration of power…

Reviewing Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington’s ‘A New Era in World Politics’ and Nobel-Winning Economist Amartya Sen’s ‘The Violence of Illusion’

In addition to Joseph Nye’s Soft Power, Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and John Mearsheimer’s Tragedy of Great Power Politics, Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations is perhaps the…

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