Liberty vs. Equality

One hates to quarrel with, perhaps, the greatest political document in history, but it is not “self-evident” that “all men are created equal.” Indeed, precisely the opposite is true. Why, then, did the Founders (i.e. Jefferson) put that clause in? At face value, it is ridiculous.

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With Friends Like These Poland Needs No Enemies

When Poland agreed to host a Middle East conference in Warsaw, on February 13-14, it expected some flak from Muslim countries, in particular Iran, a cold shoulder from the European Union, and, of course, scathing criticism from Russia and, perhaps, China.

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Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

Paraphrasing poet Robert Frost (“good fences”) is only symbolic since the words are interchangeable. They can also be used as “lines,” “barriers,” or any other obstacle to traffic, whether man or beast. The title is also erroneous; fences “make” nothing but serve only to separate otherwise “bad” neighbors.

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The Mexican Border, Part II

A previous essay on the border (February 4) traced the early background of the region through the Eisenhower Administration (1953-61). Thus, the current turmoil on the issue, plus the government shutdown, has a 400 year legacy and is more a continuity than unique.

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The Humanization of Human Rights

Not too long ago, no one would have heard of the plight of a Saudi teenager seeking refuge from family and cultural oppression in her home country. But the power of social media made Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun’s struggle into an international news story.

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Tripolar world: China ascendant?

The historic apogee of Chinese culture, technological achievement and military power was during the Ming Dynasty from the 14th to the 17th century. During that period China established its cultural and political domination over all of East and Southeast Asia.

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The Mexican Border, A Short Background

It is one of American history’s greatest ironies that, since 2016, amidst the space age, with a generation of nuclear deterrence, instant global communications, and social media, that a border issue has dominated public attention. 

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