The Nonpolitical Country

It may be widely assumed that the millions of immigrants who have flocked to this country, legally or not, flee their own homes because of oppression there and freedom here. That’s probably a safe assumption and certainly the one promoted now and throughout history. But everything is not politics, and there are many more advantages…

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Upside Down

After the British defeat at Yorktown (1781), their marching band played an old favorite, “The World Turned Upside Down,” signifying the loss of the American colonies, a “first” in British history. There are signs in the modern American culture indicating that history has come “full circle,” it’s now our time. Backward is Forward Having studied…

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Charge of the Light Brigade

“To Hell in a Handbasket”: The continual cycle of war in history

“Going to hell in a handbasket” is a phrase of frustration going back centuries to describe conditions so unsettling as to be irreversible. Today, it is commonly used as an everyday expression in situations that defy origin or cure, within which all must persevere. The phrase is used universally from home to factory, nation to…

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Trump’s Approach to Iran Smartly Strikes a Difficult Balance

Has President Trump’s response to Iranian aggression really been weak? Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) recently tweeted that the Iranians may have viewed President Trump’s last-minute decision to call off a military retaliatory strike after the Iranians downed an unmanned American military drone — and to instead respond with a quiet but significant cyber-attack — as a…

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“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Light: Hope within the Great Depression Certainly the greatest political campaign song ever, “Happy Days Are Here Again” was the theme of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 victory, the first of four. The time was the Great Depression, and America was in the doldrums. Unemployment was everywhere, bread lines appeared in every city, banks closed, farms…

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De-totalitarization vs. Continuity

This was a lecture given at the Europejski Dzień Pamięci Ofiar Reżimów Totalitarnych (European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarian Regimes) organized by Poland’s Ministry of Justice at the Museum of Cursed Soldiers (Muzeum Żołnierzy Wyklętych) housed at the infamous Rakowiecka Investigative Prison in Warsaw, 23 August 2019. De-totalitarianization entails destroying or transforming…

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The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

This article by IWP Trustee Hon. Tidal McCoy, former acting secretary and senior assistant secretary of the Air Force, was published on Wired.com. Opinion: Grounded by mid-20th-century technology, air traffic controllers cannot handle the ongoing demands of commercial airlines and drones. Last month, during his swearing-in remarks as the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration,…

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Searching for America

Is anybody in America happy? The economy is doing just fine (so far), but it doesn’t get much play. Doom and gloom dominates the public “discourse.” There are two distinct entities, red and blue (as opposed to blue and gray), that are contesting for the soul and future of the country. One recognizes the past…

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Blast From the Past

This article appeared in Foreign Policy and was co-authored by IWP Professor Henry Sokolski, William Burr, Avner Cohen, Lars-Erik De Geer, Victor Gilinsky, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Leonard Weiss, and Christopher Wright. Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear…

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Africa’s gathering storm

Imagine if the largest nation in Europe was increasingly in the grip of violent militants committed to genocide. Having already seen that happen once in Germany, such a development would spark dire cries of alarm that would echo around the world. So, why are we not more concerned about the gathering storm in Nigeria —…

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