Do 2020 Democrats have a foreign policy?

We all know what Donald Trump thinks about foreign policy. America should not fight a war on behalf of the Kurds because they “didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy.” Both of these things are true, despite the fact that there is no meaningful logical relationship between the premise and the conclusion. (I do wonder, though, what Trump thinks Japan was doing circa June 1944.) Still, in his bumbling inconsistent way, the president manages to get more things right about foreign affairs than any of his predecessors since George H.W. Bush, which is admittedly a low bar. His response to Turkey’s recent campaign… Read More

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China and the terrifying rise of authoritarian capitalism

Once upon a time, in the days when Russia was called the Soviet Union and Russians did things far more menacing than take out ads on websites, there was a thing called a “blacklist” in Hollywood. People on the blacklist were communists, who despite being paid lavish sums to write or act in motion pictures, sympathized with a tyrannical and genocidal regime that sought America’s destruction. Being “blacklisted” meant that by popular agreement between the heads of the various studios you would not be allowed to work as, say, a screenwriter (at least under your own name anyway). Then as now being against the blacklist was Good; being in favor… Read More

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