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  • I have long been intrigued by how two very different economies, the U.S. and Chinese, resemble each other, especially in their dependence on debt. Both are addicted to massive credit and cannot break the addiction....
  • What happens when you combine a crime wave with today’s means of misinformation? Political trouble. My daughter in Brooklyn just witnessed an increasingly common crime she had heard about. A man strode into a large ...
  • Doom talk is rising. We are not collapsing, but federal governing power is retreating. Weaker both domestically and internationally, we cannot lead as we used to. Not getting our way is leaving us deeply frustrated. Solution ...
  • I wrote my doctoral dissertation long ago on the effects the Vietnam War was having on U.S. foreign policy. It was turning us inward, preoccupied with domestic affairs and deeply cautious about overseas military intervention....
  • Texas Republicans’ three new laws — an abortion near-ban, open gun-carry and voter suppression — will produce consequences that are partly foreseeable and may turn into something that advocates neither want nor expect....
  • Unhappy events of the past weeks suggest that both parties start searching for new presidential candidates for 2024. As Americans grow more depressed, mostly over COVID-19, current front-runners suffer stronger negatives....
  • A new book by former trade official Clyde Prestowitz, “The World Turned Upside Down,” presents a compelling if chatty and sometimes shrill call for a serious showdown with an expansionist China. One wonders why Yale University ...
  • Our scramble from Kabul resembles the surprise and panic of our 1975 rush out of Saigon. In many ways. Both debacles were set up in advance, in Vietnam by the 1973 Nixon-Kissinger deal with Hanoi and in Afghanistan by ...
  • How much complexity can humans handle? Preliminary answer: Not much. To be sure, some very bright experts in their fields can handle complex, seemingly contradictory notions. But few lay people can. This is a big ...
  • If America were hit by massive cybersabotage that shut down electricity and online we would revisit the constrained life of bygone decades. We recently saw what ransomware did to meat packing and gasoline supply and how a Texas ...
  • Some object to calling the current U.S.-Chinese rivalry “a new Cold War,” and they have a point. For precision, we should confine “Cold War” to the 1946–89 armed tension between the U.S. and Soviet Union. What’s happening ...
  • “The Bridge on the Drina” won Ivo Andric the 1961 Nobel literature prize. I read it that year and just reread it 60 years later. Back then, it piqued my interest in Yugoslavia, where I studied in 1963–64. Now I see that Andric was ...
  • Already Republicans blame President Biden for withdrawing from Afghanistan. They hope to win next year’s midterms, but it might not work, as few Americans want to stay longer in Afghanistan. We could easily be there ...
  • The permissive cause of the explosion of ransomware attacks is cryptocurrency, the most prominent of which is Bitcoin. If we want to stop this menace, which could paralyze vital sectors of the nation, we must sink Bitcoin. Make it ...
  • Republican state legislators are passing voter-suppression laws that prohibit giving food and water to people — “those people” — waiting in voting lines. If you see hungry or thirsty voters, you must not only deny them food and water ...
  • As Henry Kissinger (born 1923) nears 100, I finally read, 40 years after publication, his massive, three-volume memoirs of his government stint. Self-justifying, to be sure, but containing much wisdom and marking current problems ...
  • Depending on where you live, getting a Real ID — a sort of verified driver’s license — can be a real pain. Some state departments of motor vehicles are so jammed you can’t reach them online or by phone. Happily, requiring Real ID ...
  • Swiss Army knife? A federal judge recently ruled that assault rifles, banned in California since 1989, are like “Swiss Army knives,” ubiquitous and useful. This triggered my memory of a neatly dressed young Swiss cradling his ...
  • In school long ago, I learned little of racial problems. Until recently, few heard about the Tulsa pogrom. U.S. history was taught as a triumphal pageant of democracy. Most countries teach unblemished nationalistic histories to ...
  • The enthusiasm unleashed by the unveiling of the electric Ford F-150 has jolted our national psychology: America is back! We’re still great innovators! It’s a new dawn! Quite possibly true. Along with the decline of COVID infections ...
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