America’s High Frontier

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy in a speech before Congress announced the goal of sending an American to the moon and back before the end of the decade. Eight years, one month, and 25 days later, on July 20, 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface, joined a […]

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The Continued Resilience of Quiet America

Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. The 1969 Vietnam War protests on the UC Berkeley campus turned so violent that National Guard helicopters indiscriminately sprayed tear gas on student demonstrators. Later that year, hundreds of thousands […]

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The 21st Century Belongs to China? Don’t Buy It

From across the pond comes an English academic to tell us that democracy (by which he means the United States) is in decline, while autocracy (by which he means China) is on the rise. This is a restatement of the “China Century” thesis, which argues that the 21st century will be dominated by China in […]

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Would New York Really Benefit from Amazon?

Quite a few “I-told-you-so” articles have appeared in the conservative and business press piling on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who opposed Amazon’s planned relocation of its second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. The deal was controversial because it entailed extensive subsidies that have long raised the ire of the libertarian Right and the […]

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It’s Not a #GOPTaxScam, It’s Just a Scam

Dad taught me my first math lesson in the front seat of the car, counting ashtray pennies laid out on the transmission hump. “How many pennies is that, son?” He asked. “I don’t know.” “That’s six pennies.” He laid another one down. “Now how many is that?” “Six?” Decades later, I understand the patience Dad […]

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The Myth of Millennial Socialism

My old man tells me he left college in the 1970s and walked into a job for life. He tells me his first home cost twice the average salary. Then he tells me, without a soupçon of jest, “things were still pretty tough back then.” His brow—unapologetically smooth for its 65 years, cheeks plumped fat […]

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When Congress Turned On to Globalism

July 1967. The Summer of Love. The Doors and Jefferson Airplane topped the charts. Young people flocked to San Francisco to turn on, tune in, and drop out. “All across the nation, there’s a whole generation with a new explanation,” the pop balladeer told us. Indeed, wild utopian ideas were not confined to San Francisco. […]

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The Populist Sledgehammer Kills Amazon Jobs that Middle America Would Love to Have

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—Tito Brown can’t imagine driving a perfectly good thing out of a town that hasn’t had a perfectly good thing come its way in a very long time. At least, a perfectly good thing the size and scope of the Amazon headquarters that ideological politics drove out of Long Island City on Thursday, when […]

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Good Riddance to Amazon

In looking through my Facebook feed one morning last weekend I found: A post from a young conservative about how @Jack permanently banned his organization’s Twitter account with 7,000 followers for tweeting “Learn to code” regarding laid-off journalists. A post from a conservative writer about how her posting of a pro-wall fundraising text saying “If […]

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The Cost of Democratic Socialism

A defining feature of the 20th century was the struggle between capitalism and three major types of socialism: Communism, national socialism, and fascism. All three types of socialisms, as well as Cuba and Venezuela today, failed to duplicate the accomplishments of capitalism in raising the standard of living. Yet, a supposed new brand of socialism, […]

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